Two convicted of counterfeiting luxury goods

April 24, 2013 11:29:31 AM PDT
Two men from China, found with more than 14,000 fake luxury items, have been convicted of counterfeiting, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced. Yintang Cao, 48, and Hong Zhang, 46, entered a guilty plea to the charge.

The charges arose after Cao and Zhang were discovered with more than 14,000 counterfeit items bearing the names of Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Versace -- all manufacturers of luxury fashion goods.

Cao and Zhang were charged with separate, but related, criminal informations on March 15. When appearing to the judge, they admitted they knowingly used counterfeit marks on and in connection with such goods, identical to and substantially indistinguishable from genuine marks, the use of which was likely to cause confusion, mistake and to deceive.

Their sentencing has been scheduled for August, at which time both men face up to 10 years in federal prison as well as a $2 million fine. They were permitted to remain on bond pending their sentencing hearing.

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