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Counterfeit goods ring facing charges

JING'AN District prosecutors are charging four people for selling a variety of suspected counterfeit luxury goods in the downtown city area.

Police seized more than 1,000 fake items, involving the luxury brands Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Longines and Montblanc, in a residential room the suspects used as a warehouse on Shaanxi Road S. on January 14. The total value of the products was estimated to be at least 17 million yuan (US$2.56 million).

Prosecutors said the four suspects each specialised in certain types of goods and banded together to attract people by providing more options.

Li Hua and his wife Li Qing sold fake bags and suitcases, Min Gang sold counterfeit watches and pens and Dai Wei sold clothes, glasses, scarves and leather belts, according to prosecutors.

They rented the room from September 2009 to January 2010 to share the rent and cooperate in keeping a watch for the police.

They offered high commissions to a professional scalper to solicit customers for them. The scalper solicited customers in front of high-class department stores such as Plaza 66 on Nanjing Road W. and accompanied them to where they could buy the bogus goods. After each deal, the scalper would get half of the profits, prosecutors said.

Because police could not get solid evidence to prove the value of the goods the scalper was involved in selling, he wasn't detained, prosecutors told Shanghai Daily.


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