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A mother and her son indicted for trafficking in counterfeits | USAO-SDTX

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LAREDO, Texas — A South Korean and a local Texan have been charged with trafficking counterfeit goods, U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery said.

A federal grand jury returned the two-count indictment against Bok Nyo Kim, 72, a law permanent resident of Laredo, and Henry Yuseok Kim, 45, Laredo. The two were initially charged by criminal complaint. They are expected to appear before US Magistrate Diana Song Quiroga for their initial appearance on the indictment in the near future.

The investigation began on February 3. Around this time, Fashion Outlet co-owner Henry Kim allegedly sold a counterfeit t-shirt claiming to be Louis Vuitton. Authorities then seized about 346 counterfeit items from the store, according to the charges. The indictment alleges that during the seizure, Bok Kim identified herself as a co-operator of Fashion Outlet.

According to the complaint, the two admitted to selling counterfeit clothes to Fashion Outlet for financial gain and shared control over the business. Bok Kim allegedly admitted to purchasing counterfeit goods from wholesalers in California. The indictment further alleges that the two individuals had knowledge of a prior notice of seizure sent by the authorities.

If convicted, the two face up to 10 years in prison as well as a maximum fine of $250,000.

Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant US Attorney Matthew Isaac is pursuing the case.

An indictment is a formal charge of criminal conduct, not evidence. An accused is presumed innocent unless sentenced as part of a regular procedure.