Local Man Charged With Trafficking In Counterfeit Louis Vuitton, Coach And Other Merchandise
HOUSTON – Han Woon Liew, 45, of Sugarland, has been arrested for conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
The indictment, returned under seal April 16, 2014, was unsealed today upon Liew’s arrest. He is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.
The one-count indictment alleges that from January 2012 and continuing through the date of the indictment, Liew intentionally trafficked in goods, specifically counterfeit Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Coach and Gucci purses and wallets. Liew knowingly used counterfeit marks, which were registered trademarks, in an attempt to make the items appear legitimate, according to the allegations.
The maximum penalty, upon conviction, for conspiring to traffic in counterfeit goods is 10 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $2 million. The indictment also includes an order of forfeiture of $3 million.
The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Celia Moyer and Special AUSA Mark Evans are prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.