Manufacturer of Counterfeit Designer Handbags Sentenced to One Year in Federal Prison for Trafficking the Bogus Products

LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles woman was sentenced today to one year and
one day in federal prison for trafficking in counterfeit handbags and wallets, including
accessories bearing counterfeit marks belonging to Chanel, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana,
Fendi, Prada, and Versace.

Yeon Soon Lee, also known as Susie Lee, 55, who resides in the Koreatown
District of Los Angeles, was sentenced today by United States District Judge George H.
King.

Lee operated Anna Collection, a wholesale accessory distributor in the Fashion
District in downtown Los Angeles. Lee attached emblems with counterfeit trademarks to
generic bags and shipped them to retailers across the United States. After authorities
executed a search warrant at Anna Collection in 2009 and seized more than 1,000
handbags and counterfeit emblems, Lee resumed operating her business in 2011. A
second search in 2011 resulted in the seizure of additional goods and emblems.

During today’s sentencing hearing, Judge King said Lee had committed a “largescale,”
“serious offense.” Lee was a “clear recidivist,” who had shown “repeated
disrespect for the law” by continuing to traffic in counterfeit goods after previously being
convicted in state court (that conviction has been expunged) and being the subject of
two search warrants, the judge said.

“The public has to know that these are not merely victimless crimes,” Judge King
emphasized.

The case against Lee is the product of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border
Protection, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

CONTACT: Assistant United States Attorney Ronald Cheng
Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section
(213) 894-8644

Release No. 13-037

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Counterfeit Jersey’s Seized

Law  enforcement  recently  arrested  a   major  distributor  of  counterfeit  jerseys    and    convicted  them  of  trademark  counterfeiting.  The  case  started  when  Investigative  Consultants  received  a  tip  that  the  subject  was  importing  counterfeit  jerseys  from  Korea  and  distributing  the  counterfeit  goods  all  over  California.  The  subject  has  a  long  history  of  counterfeiting  and  had  been  issued  multiple  cease  and  desist  notices  in  the  past.  However,  the  subject  continued  his  illicit  activities  and  ended  up  getting  arrested.  He  is  now  a  convicted  felon  and  on  probation.  Lets  see  how  long  he  will  last  before  he  jumps  back  into  the  counterfeit  game.

Kris Buckner, Investigative Consultants

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