FERNDAL, Washington. “This week, the federal grand jury charged Ferndale with numerous counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods,” said U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. Kara Suneva Allen, 42, also known as Kara Suneva Mitchell, is due to appear for the June 9 indictment.
According to documents filed in the case, Allen ran a company called Keepin Up With Kara LLC, located in a warehouse on Quarter 5400 Barrett Road in Ferndale. According to a press release from the West Washington Attorney’s Office, as of March 2022. business related website advertised 467 different products for sale, which appear to be produced by Adidas, Burberry, Cartier, Chanel, Christian Dior, Fendi, Gucci, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, MCM, Nike, Prada, Saint Laurent, Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch, and UGG. The price of all goods was much lower than the recommended retail price for real goods.
An investigation by U.S. Internal Security, Customs and Border Protection and the Watcom County Sheriff’s Office reports that in August and September 2021, three supplies destined for Helen and her company were confiscated from the post office in Auckland, California. The shipments, which reportedly shipped from China and Hong Kong, contained a wide range of counterfeit goods, including bags, purses and jewelry. Allen was notified of the confiscation, but reportedly she never petitioned for the release of the goods in supplies. An analysis of shipping documents showed that between September 2021 and March 2022, approximately 46 shipments from China and Hong Kong were shipped to the Ferndale warehouse where the business operated.
To document Allen’s sale of counterfeit goods, the undercover agent made online purchases from the company’s website. In one case, an undercover agent bought a handbag under the Louis Vuitton brand for $ 110. The suggested retail price of this genuine Louis Vuitton bag is $ 1,690.00. A Louis Vuitton spokesman confirmed that the handbag purchased on the website was a fake.
On May 2, 2022, law enforcement officers executed search and seizure warrants at the company’s warehouse, home and car Elena. A large number of counterfeit goods was confiscated.
If convicted, trafficking in counterfeit goods is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $ 2 million fine.
The case is being investigated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service, the Watcom County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Postal Service, the Ferndale Police Department and the National Intellectual Property Center.
The case is being handled by Special Assistant Attorney General Jessica M. Lee.
Allen had previously been convicted of felony in the Supreme Court of Vatkom County for theft of personal data of the 1st degree, theft of the 2nd and possession of stolen property of the 2nd degree.