Jump over the site's section navigation.

Purveyors of purported designer purses punished

Mon, 13 Aug 2012 17:36:36 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

A Bloomington woman and another from the Decatur area have received federal prison terms for selling counterfeit designer handbags and other goods. The U-S Attorney's office says 51-year old Jannette Grant of Bloomington and 50-year old Kimberly Nein of Argenta did business as "The Purse Lady" purveying purported designer purses with trademarks of Dolce and Gabbana, Coach, Chanel, Prada, Tiffany and Company, and others. Court documents they advertised their goods purchased during east coast buying trips as knockoffs and copies of the brand name items throughout central Illinois at various businesses and in home parties. Agents recovered more than 15,000 faked items including watches, wallets, medallions, and sunglasses. Grant will serve a three year prison term. Nein has a two year sentence. The two have forfeited $145,000 in cash and housing, plus a Dodge Caravan and a BMW sedan.

Support Your Public Radio Station