TUPELO – The Tupelo Police Department working in conjunction with agents from the Mississippi State Attorney General’s Office Intellectual Property Crimes Task Force charged a Baldwyn woman with selling counterfeit purses at a Tupelo Hotel Tuesday.
Joan Lesley of Baldwyn was charged with vending of merchandise bearing counterfeit labels and possession of counterfeit labels for the purpose of vending imitation goods. Both are felonies.
More than 700 women’s purses, wallets, sunglasses and other items being sold as authentic goods were seized, police said. Brands like Coach, Dolce and Gabbana, Ed Hardy, Gucci and Prada were being sold.
Tupelo Hotel management did not have any knowledge of the illegal activity.
The actual retail value of the items seized is estimated to be over $100,000.
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