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Woman charged with selling fake designer purses, 500 bags recovered

At 9th District Chicago Police Statiofficers check over conficated load fake Gucci other famous brpurses thwere being sold as real

At the 9th District Chicago Police Station, officers check over a conficated load of fake Gucci and other famous brand purses that were being sold as the real thing on Chicago's streets. | Al Podgorski

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A 43-year-old Cicero woman was arrested and charged with felony unlawful use of trademarks after Chicago Police discovered over 500 counterfeit bags and merchandise at a Southwest Side flea market.

Norma Rodriguez was part of the ruse that a tactical team busted with the help of neighbors, police said Saturday.

The illegal merchandise, which was sold at a flea market on South Ashland, was made to look like Coach, Luis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, and Chanel products, Deering District Commander David Jarmusz said.

The purses were purchased at $15 and were sold at a higher rate of $40 to $50, police said.

The scheme left manufacturers with over $500,000 in lost revenue, Jarmusz said.

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