Woman Arrested for Selling Counterfeit Designer Goods Worth Thousands of Dollars
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August 16, 2016
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WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SELLING COUNTERFEIT DESIGNER GOODS WORTH THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that Sarah Chong, age 58, of El Sobrante, was arrested for possessing counterfeit designer goods for sale. Chong was arraigned yesterday afternoon.
“Counterfeit goods weaken the intellectual property rights of designers,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Consumers who are cheated out of authentic merchandise may not know that they bought a fake, and that means they often attribute defects in counterfeit goods to the genuine brand.”
According to court documents, Chong owned and operated a store in the Gift Center & Jewelry Mart on Brannan Street, which sold counterfeit Burberry, Dior, Coach, and Gucci items such as handbags, hats, scarves, belts, wallets, sunglasses, and jewelry. Agents from the Department of Homeland Security and the San Francisco Police Department seized hundreds of counterfeit items from Chong’s store. Court documents state that a private firm that investigates counterfeit merchandise cases estimates that the items seized from Chong’s store had a street value of over $100,000, and would have had a retail value of over $2 million had they been authentic.
On Tuesday, July 5, 2016, Chong was arrested and then released on $15,000 bail. Chong was arraigned yesterday in Department 12, where she entered a plea of not guilty. She’ll appear in court on Thursday, September 29th for a prehearing conference.
The arrest of Ms. Chong is the result of an extensive investigation by SFPD Inspector Robert Steger in cooperation with Homeland Security Investigations. San Francisco Assistant District Attorney Theis Finlev is prosecuting the case.