LAKEWOOD – A woman has been charged with counterfeiting after selling several fake handbags and advertising that they were designer brands.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crime Squad and Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations conducted an investigation that revealed Courtney C. Michaels, 25, of Lakewood Township, allegedly had been selling counterfeit goods.
According to police, Michaels was importing large volumes of counterfeit designer handbags, jewelry and clothing from overseas and proceeded to advertise them as designer brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Gucci. She sold these good across the United States through her online retail websites.
Police said that the merchandise was not authentic, and was being sold at a fraction of the cost of genuine merchandise.
On August 4, police executed a search warrant at Michaels’ home in Lakewood and seized numerous counterfeit items. Subsequently, she was charged with Counterfeiting and was processed at the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office and released on a summons pending a future court appearance.
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer commended the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crime Squad, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Lakewood Township Police Department, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, and Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, for their collaborative efforts in connection with this investigation.
The charges referenced are merely accusations and the public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.