El Sobrante woman charged with selling counterfeit designer goods at SF store


An El Sobrante woman has been charged with selling counterfeit designer goods out of her store in San Francisco, according to Bay City News, citing an announcement by the city’s prosecutors.

Sarah Chong, 58, was arraigned Monday in San Francisco on charges related to her store located at the GiftCenter & JewelryMart at 888 Brannan St. She is out of custody after posting the $15,000 bail. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Chong was arrested July 5 after an investigation involving the Department of Homeland Security led to a search of her store. Although many of her items were labeled with brand names such as Burberry, Dior, Coach and Gucci, they were knock-offs, prosecutors said.

Items included handbags, hats, scarves, belts, wallets, sunglasses and jewelry, Bay City News reported, citing court documents.

While the seized items would have had street value in excess of $100,000, if they were truly designer products, they’d be worth more than $2 million, the report said.

In a statement, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón said counterfeit goods not only cheat unwitting customers, they also “weaken the intellectual property rights of designers.”