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4 online dealers jailed for selling counterfeits

Four dealers engaged in the sale of counterfeit UGG boots received jail sentences ranging from one year to four years in two separate cases yesterday. In the first case, a man surnamed Chen who sold the fake Australian luxury boots to overseas buyers online was sentenced to four years in jail and was fined 1 million yuan (US$154,668), the Putuo District People's Court said. A defendant surnamed Lu, who sold the counterfeits to Chen, received a jail sentence of two years and six months and faced a fine of 200,000 yuan. Chen began to purchase UGG boots from Lu in August 2009 and registered two accounts online to resell the counterfeit products to overseas customers. Sales reached 2.37 million yuan by last December when he was caught by police, the court said. During the raid, police seized 458 pairs of counterfeit UGG boots at two apartments in a downtown neighborhood which Chen rented as his office and storage. Another 911 pairs due to be transported to Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, were found at a local delivery company, the court said. After Chen was detained, police tracked down Lu, who sold the counterfeits to Chen through Taobao.com, the country's most popular online trading platform. In the other case, Xu Jun and Zhao Chao were both sentenced to jail for one year with one-year reprieve and were fined 30,000 yuan for selling counterfeit UGG boots and slippers. The duo also chose Taobao.com to sell the counterfeit goods, but police uncovered their activities just days after they started their illegal business. Officers confiscated 945 pairs of fake UGG footwear at their apartment, with a value of over 190,000 yuan.

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