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Federal agents seize more than 2,000 faux designer bags, other items in Chinatown

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:51 p.m. HST, Dec 19, 2012

Federal agents seized 2,049 counterfeit designer purses, wallets, sunglasses and other items valued at approximately $1.8 million from a Chinatown retail operation Tuesday.

The haul was the largest seizure of counterfeit merchandise ever in Hawaii, said Wayne K. Wills, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Honolulu office.

"We are still actively engaging in processing of this evidence,” Wills said at a press briefing this afternoon.

No arrests were made but indictments are expected in the coming months.

The items bear the trademarks of more than a dozen designer or well-known brands including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes and Coach. Wills said it is believed the items were imported from either South Korea or China.

Agents acted on information provided by the U.S.Customs and Border Protection, which is also part of Homeland Security, Wills said.

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cojef wrote:
This is punishing the vendor and not the manufacturer of faux designer goods. Customs upon discovery of the merchandise could have seized it under their mandate, but informed DHS agent and made a controlled delivery to,punish the retail vendors. In the meantime, the manufacturer continues to do business as usual so that other small retail,outlet get their a-- in a sling. Sorry if I sound like rooting for the small guy, he is retailer trying to make buck. Going to get a lot comments for sure.
on December 19,2012 | 03:11PM
kaleki wrote:
Of course you punish the vendor. They knowingly imported counterfeit goods into the country, or knowing purchased counterfeit goods. The government cannot successfully prosecute the manufacturer in China or South Korea. They need the foreign government to do that. I can guarantee you that the vendor knew it was counterfeit. They probably paid pennies on the dollar for the goods. The price alone is an indication of knowledge. Can't play the "I didn't know" game. Trafficking counterfeit goods is a felony. Guess what, 2000 counts of trafficking hurts too.
on December 19,2012 | 03:50PM
aomohoa wrote:
But the Vender knows there fake and are passing it our to the customer. He should be punish.. Any one who really knows designer stuff knows the difference but not the average person that is getting ripped off.
on December 19,2012 | 07:49PM
Mythman wrote:
No, not from China? Why, the Chinese communist capitalists are our biggest and closest friends in Asia, given we have so many coastal Chinese gentlement of our own from back in the settler times days. Aren't we as a state trying to gear out economy more along the China track so we can prosper too. Imagine trying to sell a fake in Hawaii to tourists. Why, it sounds like someone must think we are used to fakes in Hawaii. How could they, when everything about Hawaii is genuine as our trustworthy politicians would never permit anything to the contrary.......
on December 19,2012 | 03:12PM
stacyy wrote:
Weak I say... They should be focusing on seizing guns after all the shootings in the news lately not lady purses, handbags, or keychains which can't kill nobody.
on December 19,2012 | 07:42PM
HD36 wrote:
The one's who feel best about this bought the real stuff.
on December 19,2012 | 10:02PM
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