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Counterfeit luxury bag gang held by police

Four suspects have been arrested for the alleged manufacture of fake luxury bags, Shanghai police said yesterday.

Since 2014, the gang has produced and sold more than 100,000 fake bags whose authentic counterparts would be worth more than 100 million yuan (US$15 million), police said.

The suspects’ unregistered factory was located in Dongguan, southern Guangdong Province, and their wholesale buyers were based in Zhongshan, also in Guangdong, Nantong in eastern Jiangsu Province and Shanghai.

Police in Qingpu District started investigation in November last year when they detected someone selling what were probably fake luxury bags through WeChat. Police purchased a few bags which were identified by the brand companies as fakes.

The married couple that ran the WeChat shop called “IMM” were based in Shanghai, and the bags they were selling were found to have been delivered by a woman surnamed Wu from Dongguan.

Wu sold the fake bags, whose authentic counterparts are worth 8,000 to 20,000 yuan, at 300 to 1,000 yuan to the wholesale buyers.

The wholesalers then sold the bags to customers for 1,500 to 2,000 yuan.

The suspects once had a shop on through which they stayed in touch with their buyers, but after a crackdown from the website they moved to WeChat.

Police raided the gang in January, caught 32 suspects and seized 4,000 items.


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