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Fake luxury goods sellers get prison

A MAN was sentenced to 18 months in prison yesterday for selling 335 pieces of counterfeit luxury brand watches and purses, including Gucci and Louis Vuitton, with a total value exceeding 9.56 million yuan (US$1.54 million), Huangpu District People's Court ruled yesterday.

Prosecutors said the suspect, surnamed Tan, is a two-time offender, having been imprisoned for the same crime. He rented an apartment near Yuyuan Garden, a scenic spot in downtown Shanghai, where he had run the illegal business since February.

Tan and his wife, surnamed Liao, were responsible for luring foreign customers into buying the fake luxury products. A third suspect, Liao's brother, negotiated the price.

Prosecutors said Tan's store had no sign and was in a secluded part of a residential area. Police raided the store on March 25 and seized 335 piece fake watches, bags and purses with brands such as LV, Gucci, Chanel and Tag Heuer.

A foreign tourist at the store told police he was lured by Liao to the store when he went to visit Yuyuan Garden.

The court heard that Tan had been sentenced to 15 months in prison with probation for selling counterfeit products in 2010. He resumed his old business shortly after his term was served, prosecutors said. Liao and her brother got six months in prison with probation.


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