Chinese woman admits to selling counterfeit footwear in Jamaica

Gladstone Taylor / Photographer A Police operation uncovers counterfeit shoes at 88 orange street, Downtown Kingston on tuesday march 17, 2015 *** Local Caption *** Gladstone Taylor / Photographer Some of the fake uncovered during a police operation at 88 Orange Street, downtown, Kingston on Tuesday.

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday April 7, 2016 – A Chinese businesswoman will know at the end of this month what punishment will be meted out to her, after she pleaded guilty to breaches of Jamaica’s Trademark Copyright Act, more than a year after police seized J$50 million (US$410,951) in counterfeit shoes from her establishment.

Lan Yan, 47, appeared in court yesterday and after admitting to the offence was informed she would be sentenced on April 30.

She was arrested on March 17, 2015, by members of the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) who were conducting an operation as part of a series of simultaneous operations in the Caribbean, South America, and North America to clamp down on counterfeiting.

During the operation at her business in the capital, Kingston, more than 30,000 pairs of fake Nike, Polo, Adidas, Puma, Vans, Levi’s, Converse, and Clarks shoes were taken from the storeroom and shelves of the store.

 

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