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Couple jailed for selling fake Hello Kitty

A young couple was put behind bars for selling fake Hello Kitty products worth 320,000 yuan (US$51,328) via their online shop, the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People Court said.

The wife was sentenced to three years and six months in prison and the husband was sentenced to one year.

The couple bought fake Hello Kitty products in Shanghai and Guangzhou at low prices and sold them for a 10 percent price markup through their shop on, China's biggest online retail site, between July 2008 and December 2010, the court heard.

Their price was still only one-fifth of the market price of genuine Hello Kitty products, the court said.

Police caught them in Kangqiao Town in Pudong in December 2010 and seized 12,000 counterfeits valued at 70,000 yuan.

The couple appealed to a lower court ruling, saying they didn't know the products were fakes.

Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People Court upheld the verdict after the second hearing because the wife had told customers her products were high-quality counterfeits.


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