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Phony designer watches, sunglasses lead to Sacramento sting

An undercover operation in Sacramento involving counterfeit goods has resulted in the arrest of a Los Angeles man and the confiscation of $300,000 worth of phony Gucci, Dior, Prada and other high-end branded sunglasses.

The confiscation was one of the largest seizures in the state in the last few years of counterfeit merchandise.

Armando Robledo, 34, was arrested in Los Angeles Nov. 21 on five counts of suspicion of counterfeiting. He has been ordered to appear in a Sacramento County court later in December.

His arrest began with a private investigation company specializing in the theft of intellectual property contacting the state’s Tax Recovery and Criminal Enforcement (TraCe) task force. He was suspected of selling thousands of watches with brand names such as Rolex, Breitling and Chanel.

During an undercover operation in Sacramento, the state and the private investigation company bought several of the watches. They also bought counterfeit Ray Ban, Luis Vuitton and Chanel sunglasses from Robledo, accord Luis Vuitton and Chanel sunglasses from Robledo, according to a press release from TRaCE.

TRaCE and the Los Angeles Police Department served a search warrant on Robledo’s business and storage locker on Oct. 7. The locker contained $300,000 in counterfeit sunglasses.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.