FASHION LAW: MIDDLESEX COUNTY FAMILY SENTENCED FOR COSMETICS COUNTERFEITING SCHEME
It seems that the Edison family follows an “all for one and one for all” mentality. Earlier this month it was announced that Jorge Robles (51), his ex-wife Ana Del LaMota (45) and their 23-year old daughter Rossy Robles had been charged and sentenced in connection with an international cosmetics counterfeiting scheme that procured hundreds of thousands of dollars from fake cosmetic products. Talk about a “family run” business!
The Edison’s imported hundreds of pounds of fake cosmetic products from China which were then re-sold as Make-up Art Cosmetics (MAC), a higher end brand. After a yearlong investigation, the Edison’s were arrested and charged in December. Jorge pled guilty to second-degree counterfeiting and now faces five years in state prison while Ana and Rossy both pled guilty to third-degree counterfeiting; Ana was placed on a three year probation and Rossy will serve a three year term under the pre-trial intervention (PTI) program.
Prosecutor in this case, Andrew C. Carey stated, “Counterfeit cosmetics are a public health concern, as unwitting victims are applying potentially toxic substances to their faces and bodies.” He also mentioned that, “…counterfeiting poses a significant drain on the local and national economies.”
The family sold these products to New York-based retailers under their business name, Baby Castle. Upon being taken into custody, the police found 2,000 counterfeit items in addition to $22,000 in cash.by