Customs officials crack down on fake bags sold to cruisers in Nassau

2:17 PM, Sep 27, 2010   |    comments
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U.S. customs officials are cracking down on the fake designer bag trade that supplies the outdoor markets in Nassau popular with cruisers. But so far it's having little impact on the widespread availability of faux Gucci, Fendi and Louis Vuitton purses, totes and wallets in the Bahamian port town.

That's the word today from the Bahamas Tribune, which reports cruisers still can find an imitation version of a Fendi spy bag that sells for around $2,000 at a genuine Fendi shop in Nassau for just $80 at a straw market just 100 yards away. Fake Louis Vuitton bags also are available for around $80, less for those who haggle, the news outlet says.

In a crackdown aimed at the faux designer bag trade, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement division last week arrested nine Bahamian vendors at JFK Airport in New York for allegedly buying fake luxury goods in the USA to sell at Nassau's tourist markets, according to the Tribune. The news outlet says the arrests came after a six-month investigation into the import and export of counterfeit luxury goods.

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The Bahamian vendors were charged in New York district court on Monday for conspiracy to defraud the U.S. criminal code, The Tribune says. They were detained after allegedly checking 31 bags packed with fake designer bags and other items on a flight to Nassau, the news outlet notes.

Gene Sloan, USA Today
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