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High end counterfeiter caught

May 9, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Investigators seized dozens of suspected counterfeit bags Friday from the home of a Foothill Ranch woman who sold the items over the Internet and via private appointment, authorities said. Officials seized a number of counterfeit items such as: Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Coach, Gucci, designer name handbags, wallets and high end jewelry.

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The items were seized from a Lake Forest home during a morning bust and the items are said to be valued at $200,000.

Authorities allege that the merchandise that they found is all counterfeit.

Police say that Alisha Wisdom, 41, has been selling these counterfeit items from her home.

"This is one of the bags I got online. I found her Web site and found this Louis Vuitton. She assured me that it was authentic leather and that the grade was the top grade," said Robyn, who purchased a counterfeit purse.

She said she bought the purse from the suspect's Web site for $60.00. Robyn says she first noticed the Web site several years ago. She is not surprised to hear about the trouble.

"She would change her domain name pretty often, so I figured she was getting caught," adds Robyn.

Authorities began investigating after receiving complaints from consumers who ordered goods online, but never received them.

Legitimate manufacturers also began investigating.

"This person would advertise on Craigslist, on the Internet," said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities say that the suspect had the items on display inside her home. She would sell them to people by appointment only.

Experts will take a closer look at the goods to confirm if they are fake. If so, the suspect who lists her occupation as "Independently Wealthy," on her MySpace page could soon be facing felony charges.

"It's illegal because of the money that the manufacturers lose. People come here and pay between $40 and $80, when these bags go between $500 and $1,000. As you can see the company is losing a lot of money," Amormino said.

The case will now go to the Orange County District Attorney's Office to determine if charges will be filed.

 

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