29 Dec '16, 1pm

Woman Who Made $1M in Designer Handbag Scheme Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison

Praepitcha Smatsorabudh, a woman who made more than $1 million in a multi-year scheme in which she purchased designer purses from department stores, then returned counterfeit versions to get her money back, has been sentenced to over two years in prison. Smatsorabudh, 41, has also been ordered to pay upwards of $400,000 in restitution to the parties harmed as a result of her illegal activities, including Neiman Marcus and T.J. Maxx. According to prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia, Smatsorabudh, a preschool teacher, purchased Gucci, Fendi, Céline, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, and Hermès bags – among others – from more than 60 T.J. Maxx stores in 12 states, using 16 different credit cards to avoid detection. Court documents state that at one point, Smatsorabudh was the company’s biggest online customer in the world – with the retailer identifying at least 226...

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