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Japanese company president accused over alleged cache of 4,328 luxury brand knockoffs

Fake luxury brand items confiscated by police are seen at the Metropolitan Police Department's Fukagawa Police Station on May 11, 2021. (Mainichi/Buntaro Saito)

TOKYO -- Police on May 11 sent papers to prosecutors accusing the president of a merchandising firm and the company of possession of 4,328 fake luxury brand items with intent to sell, including knockoff Hermes and Chanel pieces.

    According to the Metropolitan Police Department's Fukagawa Police Station, the woman, a 47-year-old resident of Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, stands accused of violating the Trademark Act. She has apparently admitted to the allegations.

    Police suspect that she had the thousands of items -- including necklaces and rings with fake Hermes, Gucci, Chanel and Cartier logos -- at the company's office on Dec. 24. Investigators also believe that she sold an imitation Hermes bracelet to a woman in her 40s in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, for about 4,000 yen (around $37) via an online shopping site in March that year. The suspect was quoted as telling police that sales of the accessories she had been marketing previously had fallen, and that she thought that counterfeits would make more money.

    Investigators also suspect that the woman purchased knockoffs from China on the internet, and sold about 700 of them for a total of about 5 million yen (around $45,900) beginning from September 2017.

    (Japanese original by Buntaro Saito, Tokyo City News Department)

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