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Filipina gets suspended sentence for selling fake Ray-Bans

23 March 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

The defendant was found with 150 pairs of fake branded sunglasses

A Filipina domestic worker thought she’d make a little money on the side by selling fake Ray-Bans in a busy spot in Central on Jan. 17. But little did she know that the $25 sunglasses she was selling would lead her to great trouble.

D. Sebastian, 36, appeared in Eastern Court today, Mar 23, to face three charges relating to that single incident: selling and possessing counterfeit goods and violating her visa conditions.

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She was in tears as Magistrate Peter Law sentenced her to a suspended sentence of six weeks in jail for each of the offences, to run concurrently.

But her tears turned to relief when the Tagalog court interpreter relayed the magistrate's message that she wouldn’t go to jail for now but must not break the law in the next 12 months, or her penalty will be activated, and added to her new sentence.

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Sebastian earlier pleaded guilty to one count each of “selling goods to which a false trademark was applied,” “possession for sale or for any purpose of trade or manufacture goods to which a forged trademark was applied,” and “breach of condition of stay.”

The prosecution said that at around 2:30pm on Jan 17, Sebastian sold a pair of sunglasses with a forged Ray-Ban trademark to a Customs undercover agent for $25 on a footbridge linking the Star Ferry to the IFC2 Mall in Central.


As soon as the defendant accepted two marked $20 bills that he handed, the buyer identified himself as a Customs officer. The officer inspected two black trash bags beside the woman and found that one had dozens of fake Ray-Ban eyewear and another had assorted bogus signature sunglasses.

The officer arrested the defendant and seized the counterfeit goods comprising 121 pairs of fake Ray-Bans, 10 pairs of Oakley, three pairs of Gucci, seven pairs of Louis Vuitton, five pairs of Coach and four pairs of Chanel.


A check of the defendant’s identity showed she was a domestic helper with no right to do other work unless with permission from the Immigration Director.

In mitigation, her lawyer said Sebastian was single, a helper earning $4,920 a month and sending $1,500 a month to her parents and two sisters. He said she is the sole breadwinner and wanted to earn more to send to her family.

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Meanwhile, a 71-year-old Filipino male cleaner also appeared in Eastern Court today, charged with possessing 255 sticks of smuggled cigarettes.

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The prosecution said the defendant, M. Sarinas, was spotted by Customs officers standing on a pavement on Pok Fu Lam Road on Mar 9. When they searched his bag, they found the illicit cigarettes.

Sarinas was arrested and the cigarettes seized. He was then charged with possessing goods for which no customs duties had been paid

Law adjourned the case until May 11 for further investigation and extended the man’s bail.


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