You weren’t getting the real thing if you were shopping online with a woman from Lakewood who said she had handbags from Chanel, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton, but you didn’t.
She now faces criminal charges as a result.
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Ocean County District Attorney Bradley Billhimer announced Wednesday that Courtney C. Michaels, 25, of Lakewood, has been charged with forgery for her online program.
The Ocean County Attorney’s Office Economic Crime Squad, Department of Homeland Security, and Homeland Security Investigations teamed up to investigate the purchases and this led to Michaels being handcuffed.
What they learned during their investigation was that Michaels imported large volumes of counterfeit handbags, jewelry and designer clothing from overseas.
Prosecutor Billhimer said Michaels advertised the products as designer brands including Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Gucci, and then sold them across the United States through his online retail websites.
“The merchandise was not genuine and was sold at a fraction of the cost of genuine merchandise.”
After completing their investigation and having all the evidence and facts, detectives obtained a search warrant for Michaels’ residence and earlier today seized numerous counterfeit items.
Michaels was arrested, charged and treated at the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, then released on summons pending a future court appearance.