Wichita Store Owner Pleads GuiltyTo Trafficking Counterfeit Designer Goods
WICHITA, KAN. - A woman who owns a retail store in Wichita has pleaded guilty to trafficking in counterfeit designer goods, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
Glenda Sue Morgan, 55, Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in goods bearing counterfeit trademarks. In her plea, she admitted selling the counterfeit goods as “replicas” at her business, The Fabulous Store at 9131 E. 37th North in Wichita. On April 2, 2013, undercover law enforcement officers bought about $500 worth of such items including a “Chanel” bracelet and sunglasses, a “Michael Kors” purse and a “Prada” purse. When investigators served a search warrant they seized 400 replica items with a retail value of about $14,000.
In June 2009, more than $1 million in counterfeit goods was seized by Homeland Security Investigations from the same location. At the time, Morgan forfeited ownership of the items and they were destroyed, but she was not charged criminally.
Sentencing is set for Jan. 17, 2014. She faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $2 million. Grissom commended Homeland Security Investigations, the Wichita Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson for their work on the case.