1.5K Counterfeit Hermes Purses Seized in LA

Would have been worth $14M if they were real

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 6, 2013 9:20 AM CST

(Newser) – Federal authorities found quite a stash at the Port of Los Angeles last month: 1,500 counterfeit Hermes purses, which would have been worth $14 million at their genuine selling price, the Los Angeles Times reports. The handbags, made in China and headed for sale in the US and Mexico, were part of two shipments seized two weeks apart, border officials announced yesterday. Other notable "luxury" seizures at the Southern California port complex have included 20,000 pairs of counterfeit Christian Louboutin shoes and nearly 79,000 pairs of sunglasses with design and logo similarities to Coach, Gucci, and Armani, notes the AP.

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