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Saturday 19 October 2019

Mum caught with fake designer bags, shoes and clothes

Ying Ying Chen received a four-month suspended sentence
Ying Ying Chen received a four-month suspended sentence

A mother-of-two was caught with fake designer bags, clothes and shoes after her car was stopped and searched by detectives.

Ying Ying Chen (41) was running a "very unsophisticated" operation and the knock-offs were of "poor quality", her lawyer said.

Judge David McHugh imposed a four-month sentence suspended for one year.

The defendant, of Old Church Grove in Clondalkin, admitted possession of counterfeit goods on December 12, 2016.

Garda Nodhlaig Meany told Blanchardstown District Court that Chen was stopped in the Old Church estate and when her car was searched gardai found a number of counterfeit items.

Gda Meany said officers later searched the defendant's home and found a large quantity of counterfeit goods.

Gda Meany said there were 17 brand agents involved but only four confirmed that the goods were counterfeit.

Trouble

There were Michael Kors handbags, shoes, clothing and jewellery, as well as Timberland boots, Nike runners and Adidas runners.

The court heard Chen had never been in trouble with the law before.

Defence lawyer Ciaran MacLoughlin said that Chen was a single mother with two children, who had lived in Ireland for 20 years. She fully co-operated with gardai, he said.

Mr MacLoughlin said the products were "very poor knock-offs" and were "bad quality". He said Chen had been unable to tell him how she had got involved.

The value of the enterprise was approximately €5,000.

Judge McHugh said it was a "serious matter", the companies gave a lot of employment and €5,000 was a "significant" amount of money.

The judge said people may also have bought the knock-offs believing them to be real.

Mr MacLoughlin said it was a "very unsophisticated operation" and anyone would have known the goods were counterfeit.

Imposing a four-month suspended sentence, Judge McHugh also ordered the destruction of the counterfeit goods.

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