Akron: Federal grand jury indicts man for counterfeit purses

3:50 PM, Jul 24, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- A Cuyahoga Falls man has been indicted for allegedly trying to sell approximately 104 counterfeit designer handbags.

A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Ronald Jason Azar, 34, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, with selling counterfeit merchandise.

The indictment charges that, on or about April 27, 2011, Azar intentionally sold and tried to sell approximately 104 counterfeit designer handbags which, if genuine, were valued at approximately $183,488.

The counterfeit bags include 12 Gucci, 23 Coach, 17 Louis Vuitton, 5 Versace, 5 Chanel, 2 Marc Jacobs, 3 Dooney & Burke, 6 Prada, 8 Fendi, 7 Chloe, 7 Jimmy Choo and 9 Dolce & Gabbana handbags, which contained counterfeit marks, logos, labels, hang tags, patches, stickers, emblems, holograms and packaging.

The marks on the merchandise were identical to and substantially indistinguishable from marks used on genuine merchandise, and were in use and registered for such goods on the principle register of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, according to the indictment.

Also, the indictment alleges that the use of such counterfeit and marks was likely to cause confusion with the actual product.


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