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3 charged with selling fake luxury products

THREE people were charged yesterday with selling counterfeit luxury products including fake Lacoste clothes, Hermes bags and Omega watches, involving a total value of more than 10 million yuan (US$1.57 million), Pudong New Area prosecutors said.

One of the suspects, surnamed Jin, is charged with selling T-shirts with fake trademarks such as French sports brand Lacoste, American leisure brand Nautica and British fashion brand Paul Smith, with an estimated value of 8.68 million yuan.

In March, Pudong police seized over 10,000 counterfeit clothes in Jin's apartment on Jin'an Road E. in Pudong, including 4,000 fake Lacostes and 1,000 fake Nauticas.

Jin told prosecutors he rented two stores in a clothing and gift market in 2009 and bought fake brand clothes from a seller surnamed Chen. He not only sold clothes in his stores but also online to sellers on, the biggest e-commerce platform in China.

The price for each T-shirt was 15 yuan to 17 yuan while a genuine one costs more than 1,000 yuan.

The huge margin between prices attracted a large number of customers and many were foreign tourists, according to the prosecutors.

Counterfeit goods were often being sold in Pudong's Lujiazui area where mobile vendors popped in and out to sell them to tourists. The suspect surnamed Wang was one of them.

Wang was arrested on May 31 when he was trying to sell fake Omega watches around Jin Mao Tower. Police seized 26 counterfeit watches from Wang, including brands such as Vacheron Constantin, Rolex, and Breitling.

In another case, a young woman was charged with selling counterfeit bags such as Prada, Gucci and Hermes.


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