GLENDALE HEIGHTS, IL – A Glendale Heights woman faces felony charges after police say she had two packages containing more than $ 140,000 in counterfeit designer bags sent to her home from Cambodia.
Angelina Luy, 40, of Glendale Heights, has been charged with four counts of possession of counterfeit items with intent to sell them after an October 24 incident in which customs and state border protection -Unis seized two bags addressed to him that were said to be worth $ 374, prosecutors said. The bags contained fake belts, wallets, bags and other items designed to pass as Chanel, Christian Dior, Fendi, Gucci, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Moschino and Versace products.
The total approximate retail value of the bags has been estimated at $ 140,176, according to a press release from DuPage County State Attorney Robert Berlin.
Prosecutors said the bags were brought to Luy’s home later that evening. Following the execution of a search warrant, Luy was further charged with being in possession of over $ 96,000 in cash, as well as “hundreds of counterfeit items bearing trademarks registered by Chanel, Gucci, Louis. Vuitton, Piaget and Versace, ”according to the press release.
Luy is accused of obtaining and counterfeiting goods worth more than $ 500,000 since January 2021.
According to the US Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, in 2020 there were more than 26,500 seizures of counterfeit goods with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price totaling approximately $ 1.3 billion. dollars, “Berlin said in a statement.
He continues: “This $ 1.3 billion translates into lost profits for American companies, lost jobs in the United States and, ultimately, higher prices to the consumer for products from the United States. inferior quality. as well as the Glendale Heights Police Department for their collaborative efforts which enabled us to put an end to Ms. Luy’s alleged scheme. ”
Luy is due to appear in court again on January 12.
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