Earlier this month, an undercover officer bought four handbags bearing designer names like Gucci for less than $200, police said. When the officer asked the clerk if the bags were fake, she admitted they were.
"They had a sign posted that advertised the fact that these are not authentic items and that's why they're being sold at such reduced prices compared to legitimate sales," said Lt. Bryan Simms, of Prince William County police.
Admitting up front that the items are fake doesn't spare Lamharhar from prosecution, police said, because the knock-offs hurt designers and retailers selling the authentic items.
"They're taking their business away by selling the items for such a reduced price," Simms said.