A New Port Richey woman has been sentenced to prison for trafficking in counterfeit cosmetics.
The 45-year-old woman was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. A money judgment was also issued against her for nearly $1 million. She pleaded guilty to the charges against her in September 2014.
According to court documents, the woman sold more than $1 million worth of counterfeit Make-up Art Cosmetics, Inc., otherwise known as MAC cosmetics, between March 2012 and March 2014. Investigators claim she purchased bulk quantities of counterfeit MAC cosmetics from a source in China, then sold the cosmetics as legitimate products at significantly higher prices.
Investigators believe she sold the cosmetics across the country using a website for her company through eBay and directly to some wholesale customers.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Intentionally trafficking or attempting to traffic in goods that are counterfeit is a felony. Trafficking usually translates to mean the repackaging of goods or services with the intent to deceive or confuse.
Under federal law, any individual who knowingly distributes, wholesales, or sells counterfeit merchandise faces severe penalties:
- Seizure and destruction of counterfeit merchandise the wholesaler or distributor has in their possession.
- Civil lawsuits to recover damages, profit loses, attorneys’ fees, and other injunctive relief.
If you have been charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods, you need the help of a Florida Counterfeiting Criminal Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton. We offer a free initial case evaluation to discuss how we may be able to help you with your counterfeiting case, so call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online to see how we can assist you.