Four Charged With Selling Counterfeit Luxury Goods

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (STMW) — Four people, including one from Chicago and two from Elgin, were arrested for allegedly selling knock-off Coach, Tiffany, Gucci, Prada and other high-end merchandise at a west suburban flea market.

On Sunday, investigators representing Tiffany and Co., Coach, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, and Dooney & Bourke contacted St. Charles police after purchasing various counterfeit items at the Kane County Flea Market, according to a release from police.

Undercover investigators went to the Kane County Fairgrounds at Randall Road and Route 38 in St. Charles about 2 p.m. and were sold numerous purses, bags, sunglasses and jewelry with trademarked logos that were known to be counterfeit, the release said.

Four suspects were taken into custody without incident and charged with violating the Counterfeit Trademark Act. Police also learned that additional counterfeit items were kept in a storage facility in an unincorporated area east of Elgin.

A total of about 5,000 counterfeit items were seized from the three booths and storage lockers, the release said.

On Monday, bond was set at $50,000 each for Armila Santarromana, 47, of the 300 block of Weymouth in Elgin; Roberto Santarromana, 49, of the 400 block of Freemont in Elgin; Ying Fu of the 1600 block of W. 35th St. in Chicago; and Jin Yue Qu of New York City, the release said.

Fu and the Santarromanas each posted $5,000 bail and were released. Qu is being held at the Kane County Correctional Facility for possible deportation after it was determined he was in the country illegally.

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  • us maid

    they this mad in china for you peopl

    • Pothead

      Was an education optional where you came from ?

    • Anthony Crazieno

      u can find everywhere for this kind of stuff, parties, shopping mall, friends,inter net,online and etc. Flee Market or purse party? Even cops is buying this kind of stuff too or one another and used by their love ones. People ,people….You buy this stuff that’s why they are in the market and you get satisfied. This is NOT hurting people . Get real…..

  • Danna Calvert


  • chicago

    The stuff were “known” fakes so what’s the problem? People who bought them knew this and paid accordingly. Tiffany, coach, etc, wouldn’t have sold any thing to these customers any how.

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  • Elgin Concern

    They are everywhere……To enforcer we need to focus more on other serious problems like crimes. If you go to flee market you know what is this all about. This is just been going on for so so many years and we’re in and out during this period of time. Kane County Fair Ground (flee Market where happen) is just beside Cook County Circuit Court. This does not make sense at all. Is somebody need a Promotion????There is a lot more serious matter you need to do and bust. I agree that there is a liability of these poor people.

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