A Koreatown woman was sentenced on March 18 to one year and one day in federal prison for trafficking in counterfeit handbags and wallets, including accessories bearing counterfeit marks belonging to Chanel, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Prada and Versace.
Yeon Soon Lee, also known as Susie Lee, 55, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge George H. King.
Lee operated Anna Collection, a wholesale accessory distributor in the Fashion District in downtown Los Angeles. She attached emblems with counterfeit trademarks to generic bags and shipped them to retailers across the United States. After authorities executed a search warrant at Anna Collection in 2009 and seized more than 1,000 handbags and counterfeit emblems, Lee resumed operating her business in 2011. A second search in 2011 resulted in the seizure of additional goods and emblems.
During the sentencing hearing, King said Lee had committed a “large-scale,” “serious offense.” Lee was a “clear recidivist,” who had shown “repeated disrespect for the law” by continuing to traffic in counterfeit goods after previously being convicted in state court (that conviction has been expunged) and being the subject of two search warrants, he said.
“The public has to know that these are not merely victimless crimes,” King said.
The case against Lee is the product of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.