Crime

Men Charged With Making, Selling Phony Maxi-Pads, Lip Balm, Other Beauty Products

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Two bothers in New York were arrested and charged Thursday with manufacturing fake beauty products, like lip balm, baby oil and sanitary pads.

Pardeep Malik, 59, and Hamant Mullick, 60, reportedly created and sold more than $2 million in beauty and health products before their arrest.

Counterfeit products were confiscated from multiple locations in Nassau County Long Island, filling up four tractor-trailers, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Friday.

The men allegedly manufactured fake ChapStick, Johnson’s Baby Oil, Vicks VapoRub, Vicks Inhalers, Vaseline, and Always sanitary pads.

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Rice said the pair were sidestepping highly regulated consumer protections and “stealing the brands of major corporations that comply with the law.”

"These actions can endanger the public and local and federal officials, as well as industry manufacturers, are working hard to protect the public in this case,” Rice said.

It is unclear whether anyone was injured in using the counterfeit products.

The brothers will appear in court on March 11.

Sources: Wantagh Patch, Syracuse