LOS ANGELES (AP) — The owners and manager of a downtown Los Angeles jewelry store have been sentenced to up to 30 months in federal prison for illegally importing and selling fake designer jewelry, some of which had dangerous levels of lead.

James Ken Oh, his wife Jacqueline, and her brother Joon Kim were sentenced on Monday.

The three were charged after federal authorities seized more than 25,000 pieces of counterfeit designer jewelry from Elegance Fashion Mart. The fakes, which were made in China to resemble jewelry by Tiffany and Co., Chanel and other designers, were labeled as “lead free.” However, authorities said some of them contained 20 times the amount of lead deemed safe for handling by children.

The three pleaded guilty to conspiracy and introducing and delivering a hazardous substance.

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Comments (2)
  1. ozzy says:

    Nothing new here…this has been going on in Downtown Los Angeles for years and years, the garment district and jewelry Mart (Broadway St) are some hot spots. Some get caught, some don’t. Buyer beware, if it’s too good to be true, chances are, it’s not…

  2. LuxuryATnocost?? says:

    Ozzy is right, anything that is BRAND NAME won’t be sold in the alleys, or marts of side streets in Downtown LA. Even perfumes that are found here – are “sample only” and many times watered down. Downtown LA has it’s boutiques, but for Brand name items, they will be at malls and upscale drives. So many items are made in China now, though, its hard to even tell what is what.

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