Woman gets prison for fake purse scam

May 24, 2008 7:38:31 PM PDT
A 50-year-old Daly City woman was sentenced in U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White's court in San Jose Thursday to 34 months in prison in connection with a scheme to sell counterfeit designer merchandise online beginning in 2000, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

Nancy Tan Pua allegedly sold the counterfeit items, including handbags, on eBay and, starting in 2003, at a Richmond store she owned called Label Love. The handbags she sold bore the trademarks of Gucci, Prada, Fendi and Dior and she represented them as authentic.

On Oct. 17, 2006, an indictment was filed charging Pua and her son, Kevin Pua, 29, with conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, trafficking in counterfeit goods and money laundering. Her brother, Johnny Lee Tan, 46, was also charged with conspiracy and trafficking in counterfeit goods.

On Dec. 14, 2006, Kevin Pua pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and to trafficking counterfeit goods. He was sentenced to five years probation.

On Feb. 8, 2007, Tan pleaded guilty to money laundering and was sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

That same day, Nancy Tan Pua pleaded guilty to mail and wire fraud, trafficking counterfeit goods and money laundering.

In addition to the prison time, Pua will have three years of supervised release.


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