Pa. Man Arrested Following Counterfeit Bag Bust in Queen Anne's County
The Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office provided these photos of the alleged counterfeit bags and other items seized Tuesday at the weekly auction in Crumpton.
By Morgan Hoey
CRUMPTON, Md.- Authorities in Queen Anne's County have arrested a Pennsylvania man accused of selling thousands of dollars in fake handbags at an auction site.
Sixty-year-old Kim Bok Yong of Villanova, Pa., is charged with two counts of counterfeit trademark goods valued in excess of $1,000.
The Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office said that on Wednesday, Aug. 29, Yong was observed with a display of clothing and handbags for sale at the weekly auction in Crumpton.
The Sheriff's Office said a joint investigation with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security led to the seizure of approximately 52 suspected counterfeit handbags. Investigators said they seized numerous labels and tools, in addition to 47 unmarked handbags used to manufacture counterfeit purses and handbags. A 2006 GMC van was also seized in the raid, investigators said.
The Sheriff's Office estimated the value of the counterfeit items at $24,700. The labels have an estimated MSRP value in excess of $150,000 when attached to items, according to investigators.
Following his arrest on the aforementioned charges, Yong was released on personal recognizance.
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