Proposed NYC Counterfeit Fine Could Charge Shoppers $1K

April 10, 2013 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

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Many budget-conscious shoppers buy knockoffs at stores like Target. This is legal, but some people don’t stop here. They buy counterfeit bags and accessories, which may soon be an illegal offense in New York City. The city is pushing for a law that would punish the buyer of a fake fashion item.

City Councilwoman Margaret Chin first introduced a bill in 2011 and is an advocate against counterfeit shopping. She wants to outlaw it and is pushing for her bill to pass. Chin’s district includes Chinatown, which is a major counterfeit fashion mecca in NYC.

The bill considers counterfeit purchases by individuals or groups a class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and up to a year in prison. Chin’s bill must come before a public hearing in order to pass. Back in 2011, police officers told the New York Post the law would be “difficult to enforce.”

-Claire Mykrantz

Source & Image: Huffington Post

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One Response to Proposed NYC Counterfeit Fine Could Charge Shoppers $1K

  1. City Journal says:

    Great information. You put a nice twist to it. Well put Claire.

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