Five employees charged with trademark counterfeiting.
Mondo Kim's Video on St. Mark's Place in New York was raided on Wednesday (June 8) for carrying bootleg product, it was confirmed by a store employee and a spokesman with the Recording Industry Assn. of America. Five store employees were charged with trademark counterfeiting and led away in handcuffs by police.
According to RIAA executive VP for anti-piracy Brad Buckles, the store was selling CD-R burnt versions of albums by Jay-Z and 50 Cent, along with a number of other artists, mainly in the urban genre. Police also seized computers, a CD burner, 471 CDs and 53 videos.
The store employee refused further comment and an RIAA spokesperson referred further inquiries to the New York City Ninth Precinct Police Station. The station referred calls to the New York City Police Department's public relations department, who didn't answer the phone.