'Purse ladies' sentenced to prison for selling counterfeit goods

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'Purse ladies' sentenced to prison for selling counterfeit goods

August 13, 2012 Updated Aug 13, 2012 at 5:26 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Two Illinois women will serve time in prison after being convicted of selling counterfeit purses.

Jannette Grant, 51, of Bloomington, and Kimberly Nein, 50, of Argenta, Ill. plead guilty to operating a business called "The Purse Lady", which offered items for sale that falsely bore trademarks of Coach, Kate Spade, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Dooney & Bourke, Prada, Tiffany & Co., and others.

Those goods were sold throughout the central Illinois area.

According to court documents, Grant and Nein advertised their items for sale as "replica/knockoff" and stated that all references to brands were for "entertainment and novelty purposes only" and "these companies are not affiliated with us in any way."

U.S. District Judge Joe Billy McDade sentenced Grant to serve 36 months in federal prison and Nein to 24 months in federal prison. Both were ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $3,879.

They will begin their prison terms on October 9, 2012.

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