WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A federal judge spared a Wichita businesswoman from prison, but imposed a $25,000 fine for selling fake luxury goods.
U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Monday sentenced Glenda Sue Morgan to five years of probation and ordered her to make payments of not less than $500 a month toward the fine. She pleaded guilty in October on one count of trafficking in goods bearing counterfeit designer labels such as Prada and Chanel at her shop, called The Fabulous Store.
Morgan tearfully apologized to the court before sentencing.
The judge said he was deeply troubled by the fact Morgan apparently didn't learn from a prior encounter with law enforcement in which no criminal charges were filed.
Glenda Sue Morgan pleaded guilty in October to one count of trafficking in goods bearing counterfeit designer labels such as Prada and Chanel at her shop, called The Fabulous Store.
Morgan faced a fine of up to $2 million and up to 10 years imprisonment.
Prosecutors agreed in the plea deal to recommend a sentence at the low end of the guideline range, including a low-end fine.
Investigators seized 400 replica items with a retail value of $14,000 from Morgan's shop. Those goods would have been worth $140,000 had they been genuine.
Posted by Greg Palmer