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DH jailed 4 weeks for selling fake branded goods on Chater

23 July 2019

By Vir B. Lumicao
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The defendant was caught selling fake goods on Chater Road , a popular haunt of Filipinos on Sundays

A Filipina domestic helper was jailed for a total of four weeks on Tuesday, Jul 23, after pleading guilty in Eastern Court to charges of possessing for sale sport shoes, bags and other branded merchandise and for breaching her visa condition.

Rosalyn Piamonte, 35 and single, also admitted breaching her conditions of stay before Magistrate Lam Tsz Kan.

The prosecution said the defendant was arrested by Customs officers during an operation on Jan 13 this year against people selling fake branded goods on Chater Road in Central.
A Customs officer testified seeing a large plastic bag containing assorted merchandise that was left on the pavement and decided to wait until its owner returned.

A few minutes later, Piamonte arrived and took out some goods from the bag and gave them to a buyer. At that point, the officer accosted the Filipina and asked to inspect the plastic bag.

He found 14 pairs of Nike, 10 pairs of Adidas and 4 pairs of Gucci sport shoes; 3 sets of Longchamp bags and wallets, 2 Luis Vuitton bags, a Michael Kors wallet, 13 pairs of Converse canvas sneakers and 2 Christian Dior watches, all of them counterfeit.
When the officer asked for her status in Hong Kong, Piamonte said she was a helper.
The officer arrested and took her to the Customs headquarters in North Point for investigation.

In a recorded interview, Piamonte admitted putting the prices on the goods, which were supplied by an unidentified man. She said she knew she should be working only for her employer and not engage in any selling activity. She was also aware the goods she was selling were all fake.

The next day, Piamonte was charged in court but was allowed to post bail.
In mitigation, the defense counsel said Piamonte came to work in Hong Kong in 2012. She was paid $4,500 a month and sent all of it home except for $500 which she kept for her own expenses here.

The lawyer said the maid was trying to augment her allowance by selling the goods and getting $10 for each item sold. She earned around $100 every Sunday, the lawyer said.

The magistrate sentenced her to seven days in jail for selling fake goods and four weeks for the breach of condition of stay, to be served concurrently.
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