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Vendors Charged With Felony Counterfeiting

The Orange County district attorney has filed felony charges against three local vendors identified during a counterfeit crackdown.

LOS ANGELES — The Orange County district attorney has filed felony charges against three local vendors identified during a counterfeit crackdown by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Gokhan Kucuk, 33, who operates the Hot Trends kiosks in Huntington Beach, Calif., and John Giang Ly, 24, who is accused of selling high-end counterfeit purses out of his Westminster, Calif., home, were taken into custody Tuesday. Joon Heung Son, 45, owner of Shoe World stores in Garden Grove, Calif., and Los Angeles, surrendered to the court last Friday. All three defendants are charged with multiple counts of manufacturing and selling counterfeit goods, including wallets, jewelry, purses and shoes marked with brands such as Burberry, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermès and Tory Burch. Investigators estimate that the goods seized from the three vendors would have retailed for almost $100,000 had the merchandise been genuine.

With these latest criminal complaints, seven Orange County vendors have now been charged with state criminal violations as a result of a crackdown called Operation Fashion Faux Pas.