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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Woman Charged with Fraud by Elaborate Scheme of Buying Real Handbags and Returning Knock-offs

Praepitcha Smatsorabudh, 40, from Arlington, Virginia, was caught in the act of purchasing high end designer handbags from reputable sellers only to return a counterfeit handbag instead. Smatsorabudh would then resell the real bags purchased on e-commerce platforms racking up more than 1 million dollars in sales; netting all those profits.

Smatsorabudh was caught by a retail associate who became aware of the scheme.  Since being caught, Smatsorabudh has been charged with fraud and could face 20 years in jail after being accused of running the scheme, which authorities say targeted Gucci, Fendi and Burberry.  Police believe Smatsorabudh, sold the high-end products on eBay and Instagram to make even more cash.

Photo of fake handbags purchased by Praepitcha Smatsorabudhonly to be returned to retail stores for 
cash back keeping the real thing.

How it all went down.  Smatsorabudh would purchase the bags - some worth $2,000 and have them delivered to her home. Then she would drive to 12 different states to hand the counterfeit bags in to customer services in-store, prosecutors say. 
Investigators discovered that Smatsorabudh bought handbags every week between late 2014 and the end of 2015.
Most of the handbags are believed to be purchased  from dealers in China and Hong Kong. 
In an email to one of the knock-off handbag suppliers in September 2014, Smatsorabudh allegedly said: 'The best fake bag I’ve ever seen! Can you send me more ... from this factory. They make bag Implacable!

Authorities would not disclose which department stores were targeted. 
Smatsorabudh is charged with wire fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison.

Its just goes to show you cant trust even high end retail stores anymore.  Fakes really are everywhere!  It is very important to get your high end luxury goods authenticated no matter where they're purchased.  Get your handbag Authenticated by credible experts today! Click here

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