LAREDO, Texas — A South Korean woman and a local Texan man have been charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods, US Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery announced.
A federal grand jury returned the indictment on two counts against Bok Nyo Kim, 72, a legal permanent resident of Laredo, and Henry Yuseok Kim, 45, of Laredo. Both were initially charged in criminal complaints. They are expected to appear before US Judge Diana Song Quiroga for their first appearance on the indictment in the near future.
The investigation began on February 3rd. At the time, Henry Kim, co-owner of Fashion Outlet, allegedly sold a fake T-shirt pretending to be Louis Vuitton. Authorities then confiscated about 346 counterfeit goods from the store, according to the charges. The indictment alleges that Bok Kim identified herself as a co-operator of the fashion outlet during the seizure.
According to the complaint, both admitted to selling counterfeit clothing at Fashion Outlet for financial gain and to share control of the business. Bok Kim allegedly admitted buying counterfeit goods from wholesalers in California. The prosecution also alleges that both individuals were aware of a previous seizure notice sent out by the authorities.
If convicted, both face up to 10 years in prison and a possible maximum fine of $250,000.
Homeland Security investigators conducted the investigation. Assistant US Attorney Matthew Isaac is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal charge of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless sentenced through due process of law.