Officials seize $75,000 in counterfeit items from Mission store

Posted at 8:48 PM, Nov 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-17 21:48:16-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Court documents reveal that officials found more than $75,000 in counterfeit items at a Mission, Kansas store.

Johnson County Sheriff deputies raided Sue's Accessories on Nov. 9, taking the owner, So Wun Pak, into custody and seizing many items in her store.

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Court documents revealed a local investigative agency, which is part of a larger world-wide anti-counterfeiting group tipped off investigators that the store was allegedly selling counterfeit items.

Investigators later made four undercover purchases at the store over the course of several months. On their first visit on April 13, they purchased a small Coach handbag for $58 and later discovered it was fake. In another instance, investigators purchased a Louis Vuitton belt and Chanel purse, both of which were verified as counterfeits. 

On one visit, Pak allegedly told the investigators she has "direct connections with manufacturers" and she gets deals she isn't supposed to. She also said she gets bags from brands such as Coco Chanel that aren't sold in stores.

Pak claimed to investigators that many of the items in her store were legitimate but also admitted that much of it was not, according to court records.

If convicted, Pak could face hefty fines or jail time.