Two women from central Illinois have been sentenced to prison for selling counterfeit purses and other items purporting to be from designer brands like Chanel, Coach and Prada.
Federal prosecutors said Monday that 51-year-old Jannette Grant of Bloomington and 50-year-old Kimberly Nein of Argenta pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods. Grant was sentenced to three years in prison and Nein was give two years. Both must pay nearly $4,000 in restitution.
Prosecutors say the women did business as "The Purse Lady" and sold the items throughout central Illinois. Law enforcement used search warrants to recover more than 15,000 items, including 2,000 purses and 900 wallets, from Grant's home and a warehouse Nein owned.
The women said they regularly traveled to Chicago and New York to purchase inventory.