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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Tulare County Woman Pleads Guilty to Trafficking in Counterfeit Cosmetics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 03, 2013
 

Docket #: 1:12-cr-00242 AWI

 

 

FRESNO, Calif. — Crystal Dawn Gray, 32, of Orosi, pleaded guilty today to trafficking in counterfeit cosmetics, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, between September 2009 and December 8, 2010, Gray purchased cosmetics and accessories from an internet retailer outside of the United States, knowing the items falsely indicated the goods were “MAC” brand cosmetics and accessories. Gray then used websites to advertise her cosmetics and accessories for sale as genuine “MAC” brand items. Sales were arranged by scheduling house parties. Gray sold the cosmetics at house parties where she would bring her counterfeit items to the hosting residence to sell to the attendees. She would give the party host an additional discount or free items for having the party at her residence. Gray claimed that the goods were authentic “MAC” brand cosmetics being sold at discount prices, and that she was a legitimate “MAC” cosmetics distributor.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Henry Z. Carbajal III is prosecuting the case.

Gray is scheduled to be sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii on September 3, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. She faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

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