Date
22 September 2017
Customs agents seized this stash of fake merchandise including Prada shirts during a raid on a Causeway Bay flat. Photos: Ming Pao, tvb.com
Customs agents seized this stash of fake merchandise including Prada shirts during a raid on a Causeway Bay flat. Photos: Ming Pao, tvb.com

Three held for selling fake luxury goods from Causeway Bay flat

Three people have been arrested for selling counterfeit branded apparel and leather goods.

The suspects, two women and one man, were busted by customs agents while selling the illegal merchandise from a Causeway Bay flat, according to Ming Pao Daily.

The officers posed as customers after being tipped off about the activity

They found more than 900 pieces of fake merchandise worth about HK$620,000 (US$79,980) in a secret upstairs showroom of the 700-square-foot split-level flat in Kingston Street and Paterson Street.

The showroom had two fitting cubicles and a check-out counter.

Most customers are Hong Kong women who work in Central and the Causeway Bay area.

The shop previously sold fashion garments from Japan and South Korea before it began importing counterfeit luxury brands from the mainland about six months ago, investigators said.

The knock-offs were of poor quality but were 80-90 percent cheaper than the genuine articles.

The suspects — a trading company director and two employees — face charges under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance which prohibits the sale and possession of counterfeit goods.

They are free on bail, pending further investigation.

If convicted, they are liable to a maximum punishment of five years in jail and a HK$500,000 fine.

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