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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Arlington Woman Sentenced for Counterfeit Handbag Scheme

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Praepitcha Smatsorabudh, 41, of Arlington, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for running a multiyear scheme to defraud department stores across the country.  Smatsorabudh was also sentenced to three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $403,250.81 in forfeiture and the same amount in restitution to her victims.

Smatsorabudh pleaded guilty to wire fraud on August 3.  According to court documents, Smatsorabudh bought brand name purses online and then returned in their place counterfeit purses, which were smuggled into the country from China.  She then sold the authentic purses on Instagram for more than $2,000 each.  In order to avoid detection, Smatsorabudh made fraudulent returns at over 60 department store locations in 12 states.  In total, her scheme defrauded department stores out of more than $400,000.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Clark E. Settles, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 16-cr-168.

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Updated December 21, 2016