Quincy resident, Feng Deng, wasn’t expecting to make Massachusetts criminal law history on Tuesday when he opened up his Chinatown general store. But he did. In a now historical raid, Deng was one of the first to be charged under a new state law targeting organized retail crime.
Boston police spent 10 months investigating Deng and his accomplices’ retail storefronts that were reselling products that had been stolen from other downtown businesses. Deng and his two accomplices, Cindy Tran and Phuong Quach, will be charged for distributing counterfeit goods and under the new state law passed in April, running a retail crime operation.
Police confiscated more than 5,000 items with an estimated retail value of more than $100,000. Authorities have been cracking down on Boston’s downtown shoplifiting rings since January by catching thieves stealing items ranging from designer shoes to lotions.
Deng and his accomplices will be prosecuted under a new charge that was created as a part of a new package of laws that are aimed that curbing retail crime. Under these new laws, Deng and anyone found guilty of a similar retail crime operation can face up to 20 years in state prison and a fine of $250,000.