A woman pleaded guilty Friday to selling counterfeit handbags, wallets and other items at the Galt Market.
Maria Brosnan, 69, of Fremont, admitted to selling a large quantity of knock-off handbags, wallets and other products with the trademarks of designers such as Gucci, Coach, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Jimmy Choo and others, according to a press release from the office of United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner.
Law enforcement seized nearly $30,000 in products. The Placer County Sheriff's Office and the United States Secret Service teamed up for the investigation.
Brosnan will be sentenced April 16 and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a fine of $2 million, or both.
Galt Market manager Armando Solis said the city always investigates complaints it receives about possible counterfeit items.
"We are very diligent … and we work will with local law enforcement and agencies that log complaints," Solis said.
The city mainly works with the Western Anti-Counterfeit Coalition and received an award from the agency because of the market's investigation of counterfeit items.
The coalition is hired by certain companies, like Disney and Gucci, to make sure counterfeits are not sold.
When the city receives reports, it forwards them to the company that would sell the items to see if they would like to send an investigator to confirm the items are counterfeit, Solis said. Oftentimes, they will confiscate the items and give the seller a warning. But sometimes, especially with repeat offenders, companies will press charges.
If a vendor is selling counterfeit items, it is a first-degree offense, which can carry a suspension, Solis said.