Wichita Woman Charged With Selling Knock-Offs
Of Designer Bags, Jewelry, Sunglasses, Shoes
WICHITA, KAN. – A woman in Wichita, Kan., has been charged with selling counterfeit merchandise with the labels of famous designers including Prada, Coach, Chanel and Luis Vuitton, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
Glenda Sue Morgan, 54, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. Morgan is alleged to have sold the counterfeit goods at a business called The Fabulous Store at 9131 E. 37th North in Wichita.
According to court records, in 2009 investigators obtained information that the store was receiving six or seven packages a month from China. When agents searched the store, they seized 2,590 counterfeit items. The manufacturers’ suggested retail prices of the items if they had been authentic would have been about $1.5 million. Morgan met with agents in January 2011 and signed an abandonment form so that Homeland Security Investigations could dispose of the goods.
In March 2013, agents received information that Morgan had resumed selling counterfeit goods at the store. An undercover agent posing as a shopper visited the store. In a back room, Morgan showed the agent bags, sunglasses and other items with designer names, which she described as “replicas.” The agent purchased $500 worth of counterfeit items including a Chanel bracelet, a pair of Chanel sunglasses with a Chanel case, a Tory Burch wallet, a Michael Kors purse, a Coach purse, a pair of Ugg boots, two Tiffany & Co. bracelets, a Luis Vuitton wallet, a Luis Vuitton purse and a Prada purse.
If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $2 million. The Wichita Police Department and ICE-HSI investigated Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.
In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.