Hong Kong trader sentenced for selling fake premium lingerie online

Court told how Victoria’s Secret trademark was put on items sourced from mainland China then sold through Beecrazy platform

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 September, 2016, 5:18pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 September, 2016, 6:45pm

A company secretary who sold fake Victoria’s Secret underwear worth HK$40,000 online was jailed for two months on Tuesday, suspended for two years.

Law Wai-yin, 42, pleaded guilty to selling goods with forged trademarks of the top US lingerie brand on the now-defunct group-buying business Beecrazy.

Kowloon City Court heard customs received a tip-off regarding online sales of fakes.

On June 11 last year, an officer bought five pairs of underpants for HK$128 and a set of underwear for HK$138. According to the Victoria’s Secret website, a bra costs up to HK$614.

The officer collected the items at the Beecrazy office in Cheung Sha Wan on June 23, accompanied by a colleague who found the goods to be counterfeit.

A subsequent search uncovered 12 boxes of fake underwear packed with nearly 1,000 items.

A financial officer from Buy Together Hong Kong, which operated Beecrazy, later revealed to investigators that the products were sourced from Top Smart, where Law worked.

There was planning and organisation, and you played a rather important role
Principal magistrate Peter Law Tak-chuen

He told police under caution that he signed three contracts to offer Victoria’s Secret underwear for sale on Beecrazy, and sourced the products from mainland China.

No sales documents were kept and Law said he did not know if the underwear was genuine or not, but he knew he was not authorised by the brand to sell them.

His lawyer said in mitigation that Law did not know the consequences of his actions would be so serious when he quit his job at a restaurant to run the sales business in order to raise his son.

But principal magistrate Peter Law Tak-chuen said the amount of money involved totalled HK$40,000.

“It’s not a small sum of money,” he said. “There was planning and organisation, and you played a rather important role.”

The court did not hear how much the forged products were originally priced, only that Law served as a middleman and ­pocketed 20 per cent of proceeds – HK$8,000.

Charges against the companies involved were dropped ­because Buy Together had been wound up and Top Smart had ­deregistered.