A purse party sting ended with the arrest of a subject known as the Glam Bomb Queen. The subject operated a website selling counterfeit goods and she would also host high end upscale counterfeit handbag parties at homes and hotels. The ladies loved these parties and the parties came complete with counterfeit goods, wine and cheese! Who could want more?
The subject traveled throughout Northern and Southern California hosting her parties and was profiting thousands of dollars in cash from each event. She specialized in selling very high quality counterfeits. These were not your normal cheap knockoffs, however a very good quality counterfeit that would fool most people.
Glam Bomb Queen prided herself on only selling the highest quality counterfeits to her upscale clients, who included doctors, lawyers, successful business professionals and anyone with a taste for quality counterfeits. A majority of her clients were the types of individuals that could afford the real deal, however it seems that they were all drawn to the lure of the counterfeit underworld.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s, CAPE Team and the IPR Group from HSI got wind of the Queen and set a sting to nab her in the act. Investigators arranged for the Queen to host a party at an upscale hotel in Long Beach, California. The Queen showed up and loaded up the hotel room with plenty of high end counterfeit bling.
Undercover law enforcement officers entered the party and the Queen immediately went to work trying to sell them the latest and hottest counterfeit handbags. The Queen admitted to them that everything she was selling was counterfeit and at that point, the rest of the law enforcement team entered and arrested the Queen.
The Queen was quite the character and did everything she could to try to talk her way out of going to jail; too bad for her that it did not work. She was arrested and charged with trademark counterfeiting. The District Attorney’s Office out of Long Beach Court has been very aggressive in prosecuting counterfeiting cases
The Queen saw the writing on the wall, so she recently pleaded guilty to trademark counterfeiting charges and is now on probation as a result of her arrest. The CAPE Team, IPR Group and the LA DA’s Office did another outstanding job bringing another counterfeiter down!
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By Kris Buckner, Investigative Consultants