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Hillside Woman Arrested for Selling Counterfeit Merchandise


A Union County resident was arrested this morning in connection with the ongoing sales of counterfeit merchandise from a residence in Hillside.

According to officials, Regina Gouveia, 45, of Hillside, is charged with second-degree Trademark Counterfeiting. 

Officials said that in April, the Hillside Police Department initiated an investigation based on the quality of life complaints received from citizens in the area of Boston Avenue. 

After months of investigation, Hillside detectives gathered enough evidence to obtain a search warrant for the premises.

According to officials, on October 6, Hillside Police officers and detectives executed the search warrant seizing over $100,000 in retail value of luxury trademark counterfeit handbags, hats, jewelry and other items. 

Officials said that Mrs. Gouveia was arrested and charged on a complaint summons for possessing and selling the counterfeit merchandise. She was processed and released on her own recognizance with a Superior Court appearance date.

"The Hillside Police Department is working to ensure the quality of life in our community is the best it can be," Chief Vincent Ricciardi said. "This includes ensuring all illegal activity in all its forms is addressed vigorously. I commend our detectives' hard work and professionalism on this case."