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Feds say Thai woman raked in $1 million by exchanging fake handbags

May 28, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Feds say Thai woman raked in $1 million by exchanging fake handbags

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Authorities have detained a Thai woman residing in Virgina, on charges she profited over $1 million dollars from a counterfeit handbag scheme, officials say.

According to the New York Daily News, Praepitcha Smatsorabudh purchased high-end purses online and then would journey to multiple states to return the items. However, instead of returning the expensive bags, she instead would return knockoff versions obtained from China.

Law enforcement officials said Her profits skyrocketed after she sold the real designer bags, which included Gucci, Fendi, and Burberry, for up to $2,000 per bag on Ebay and Instagram, the Daily News reported.

Investigators began to track the woman’s elaborate purchases between 2014 and 2015. Documents have reported that because of her weekly shopping sprees, she became one retailer’s top customer worldwide.

The name of the brand was not revealed in court documents. Smatsorabudh faces 20 years behind bars for wire fraud.

Smatsorabudh, who is in her 40’s, trekked to at least twelve different states within the U.S. to return the knockoffs that she originally purchased from China.

The woman was so impressed with the knockoffs; she even wrote an email to one of her retailers in China, saying, “The best fake bag I’ve ever seen! Can you send me more … from this factory. They make bag IMPaCABLE!!!!”

Fraud Investigators for the retailer first alerted authorities. They believe the scam brought in seven figures, just from one department store alone.

Officers from the Arlington County Police Department in conjunction with undercover Homeland Security agents ultimately busted the woman.

The Thailand native is expected to be arraigned next week in Virgina’s federal court.

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