Wichita woman charged with selling counterfeit items with designer labels

04/11/2013 3:07 PM

04/11/2013 3:08 PM

A Wichita woman was charged Thursday with selling counterfeit merchandise with famous designer labels, including Prada, Coach, Chanel and Louis Vuitton, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Glenda Sue Morgan, 54, was charged with one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. Morgan is alleged to have sold the counterfeit goods at a business called The Fabulous Store at 9131 E. 37th St. North in Wichita.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office gave this account:

Investigators obtained information in 2009 that the store was receiving six or seven packages a month from China, according to court records. When agents searched the store, they seized 2,590 counterfeit items.

The manufacturers’ suggested retail prices of the items if they had been authentic would have been about $1.5 million. Morgan met with agents in January 2011 and signed an abandonment form so that Homeland Security Investigations could dispose of the goods.

In March, agents received information that Morgan had resumed selling counterfeit goods at the store. An undercover agent posing as a shopper visited the store. In a back room, Morgan showed the agent bags, sunglasses and other items with designer names, which she described as “replicas.”

The agent purchased $500 worth of counterfeit items including a Chanel bracelet, a pair of Chanel sunglasses with a Chanel case, a Tory Burch wallet, a Michael Kors purse, a Coach purse, a pair of Ugg boots, two Tiffany & Co. bracelets, a Louis Vuitton wallet, a Louis Vuitton purse and a Prada purse.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $2 million.

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