Coconut Grove Woman Gets Two Years in Prison for Selling Fake Louis Vuitton and Chanel Purses
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Tatiana F. Tascon had a nice little scam going for a while. From a showroom set up in her pricey Coconut Grove home, Tascon peddled fake designer handbags from the likes of Louis Vuitton and counterfeit Rolex watches.
Selling clients a fake version of the good life earned her more than $700,000, and, in turn, the money helped fund her own good life. When she filed for bankruptcy in 2014, she failed to report the income from her counterfeit business. The feds soon uncovered a web of money laundering and counterfeit trafficking.
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After pleading guilty this week, Tascon will now serve two years in prison, followed by two years of supervised release. She must also forfeit nearly $80,000, as well as her two Miami-Dade properties.
According to court documents, Tascon filed for personal Chapter 7 bankruptcy in May 2014, citing $139,104 in debt. However, Tascon failed to disclose a secret bank account, as well as ownership of her Coconut Grove home on Micanopy Avenue.
According to property records, the home has a market value of $1,612,317.
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An investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations also uncovered that Tascon was making bank by selling counterfeit handbags, wallets, and watches out of the home. The brands included:
- Louis Vuitton
- Yves Saint Laurent
- Bottega Veneta
"Use of such counterfeit marks was likely to cause confusion, to cause mistake, and to deceive," the indictment against
She then tried to launder the ill-gotten money through third-party bank accounts.
In addition to forfeiting the Coconut Grove homes and $78,949.45, Tascon will also give up a unit at the Latitude on the River condo tower in Brickell.
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