Crime & Courts

October 29, 2013

Wichita woman pleads guilty in counterfeit designer goods case

A 55-year-old Wichita woman has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to trafficking in counterfeit designer goods, authorities said.

A 55-year-old Wichita woman has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to trafficking in counterfeit designer goods, authorities said.

Glenda Sue Morgan was convicted of one count of trafficking in goods bearing counterfeit trademarks, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a statement. In her plea, Morgan admitted to selling the counterfeit goods as “replicas” at her business, The Fabulous Store, at 9131 E. 37th St. North.

Undercover law enforcement officers bought about $500 worth of such items, including a “Chanel” bracelet and sunglasses, a “Michael Kors” purse and a “Prada” purse on a visit to the store on April 2. Investigators seized 400 replica items with a retail value of about $14,000 when they served a search warrant, Grissom said.

More than $1 million in counterfeit goods was seized by Homeland Security Investigations from the same store in 2009. At the time, Morgan forfeited ownership of the items and they were destroyed, Grissom said, but she was not charged.

Morgan faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $2 million. Sentencing is set for Jan. 17.

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