Grand Jury Indicts San Jose Woman For Trafficking In Counterfeit Chanel And Louis Vuitton Handbags Imported From China, Hong Kong And Korea
SAN JOSE, Calif. – A federal grand jury indicted Hau Phuc Nguyen, 30, of San Jose, Calif., on one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and five counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced. The indictment was unsealed yesterday.
According to the indictment, Nguyen conspired with others to import into the United States counterfeit Chanel and Louis Vuitton handbags from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong and the Republic of Korea. The indictment also alleges that Nguyen sold the counterfeit handbags at her store, Cizi’s Handbags, located at 2062 N. Capitol Avenue in San Jose.
Nguyen was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371; and five counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2320(a).
The maximum statutory penalty for conspiracy is five years in prison, a $250,000 fine (or twice the gain or loss resulting from the conspiracy) and restitution. The maximum penalty for each count of trafficking in counterfeit goods is 10 years in prison, a $2 million fine and restitution. All the counterfeit goods and the proceeds derived from trafficking in counterfeit goods are subject to forfeiture. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.
Agents arrested Nguyen yesterday morning. She made her initial appearance in court yesterday before Magistrate Judge Bernard Zimmerman in San Francisco and was released on a $100,000 bond. Nguyen’s is next scheduled to appear in federal court on May 14, 2012, at 1:30 p.m., before Judge Edward J. Davila.
Matthew A. Lamberti is the Assistant United States Attorney who is prosecuting the case, with the assistance of legal assistant Tracey Andersen. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations. Chanel and Louis Vuitton assisted the investigation.
Please note an indictment contains only allegations against an individual and, as with all defendants, Nguyen must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Anyone with information about individuals committing intellectual property offenses can report those crimes to the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center by going to http://www.iprcenter.gov/referral or calling (866) IPR-2060.