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Maid caught selling fake branded goods jailed for 2 weeks

11 December 2019

By Vir B. Lumicao
Among those found in Yarte's possession were fake Gucci bags like these
A Filipina domestic worker has been jailed for two weeks after admitting in Eastern Court that she was selling fake branded goods and had violated her work visa by engaging in business.

J. Yarte pleaded guilty before Magistrate Lam Tsz-kan on Dec 11 to charges of “possession for sale or for any purpose of trade or manufacture goods to which a forged trade mark was applied,” and for breach of condition of stay.

Yarte, 47, was arrested by Customs officers on Jan 20 this year while manning a mobile hawker stall on a footbridge outside Fairmont House on Cotton Tree Drive in Central.
The officers seized two fake Gucci bags and five Gucci wallets on display in front of the defendant. More counterfeit items were found in a bag beside her, including eight wallets, 16 bags, basketball jersey and shorts, caps and T-shirts.

All the items bore famous brand names and were worth a total of $1,170.

A plainclothes officer saw Yarte at about 9:10am touting the goods to passersby. He also noticed the bag that held the other counterfeit items.
A few minutes later the officer approached Yarte then identified himself before arresting her.

The prosecution said Yarte had admitted to selling the goods for a Pakistani man who paid her $100 a day but whose telephone number she did not know.

She admitted to the arresting officer that she knew the goods were fake and that she was a domestic helper.
Immigration records showed Yarte had a working visa valid until Jun 6, 2020.

In mitigation, Yarte’s lawyer said she augmented her salary with income from selling the goods to support her family in the Philippines.
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