Jeannine Buford admits peddling counterfeit handbags

5:25 PM, Jun 12, 2012   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis woman has pleaded guilty to selling hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of counterfeit luxury handbags.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 34-year-old Jeannine Buford ran a home-based Internet business selling phony Hermes bags she imported from China. The FBI says Buford defrauded nearly 100 buyers worldwide, including one who complained to the agency after spending nearly $16,000 for a fake Hermes Birkin bag.

Buford pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. She agreed to forfeit a Chevrolet Camaro, a Porsche Cayenne and other goods. A judge set sentencing for Sept. 20.

Prosecutors said Buford ran the business from January 2006 to October of last year. They estimate she netted more than $500,000 from March 2010 through April 2011 alone.

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