Buffalo Grove store owner Roksolana Pulley, age 44, of Roksolana’s located in the 400 Village Plaza strip mall on Dundee Road near Golfview Terrace in Buffalo Grove has been arrested for allegedly selling counterfeit products. Following a referral from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Buffalo Grove police concluded a six-week investigation into alleged sales of counterfeit goods. Roksolana Pulleyowner of Roksolana, Inc., 400 W. Dundee Road, Suite 7, in Buffalo Grove was charged with four felony charges related to the alleged sale of counterfeit items early morning Thursday, July 18, 2019. Three charges are considered a Class 3 Felony, one charge is considered a Class 2 Felony.
Buffalo Grove police were first alerted regarding the alleged illegal counterfeit operation in May 2019, after receiving a call from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about a report DHS received from an authentic product manufacturer regarding the alleged counterfeit sales.
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The sale of counterfeiting goods is a serious offense whose revenue funds criminal organizations at the expense of consumers, companies and governments. It calls for the responsible behavior of all economic actors, Louis Vuitton fully support the need to share responsibilities along the value chain, according to the principle that everyone should conduct their business with due diligence to protect consumers from the harm of fake products.
In 2003, Louis Vuitton has pioneered the use of “contributory liability principle” to fight counterfeiting targeting “intermediaries” such as landlords, courier companies and payment facilities providing services to underground counterfeit networks. This program has been very effective in certain counterfeiting hotspots like New York’s Canal Street.
The fight against counterfeiting is a long-term battle. Louis Vuitton is more determined than ever to preserve creativity in protecting its brand in the interest of its customers, its employees and those who suffer at the hands of the counterfeiting industry.
The authenticity of Louis Vuitton products is guaranteed in Louis Vuitton’s exclusive distribution network. Louis Vuitton products are only sold in Louis Vuitton Stores, which are owned and staffed by Louis Vuitton, and through the Louis Vuitton’s exclusive official website: us.louisvuitton.com.
— Louis Vuitton Malletier (Brand Protection)
According to DHS, high-end fashion company Louis Vuitton Malletier — known as Louis Vuitton — received an anonymous tip stating that a Buffalo Grove business was allegedly illegally selling counterfeit items. Throughout the investigation, Buffalo Grove police said two undercover purchases were made at the store, and items were verified as counterfeit via agents employed by Louis Vuitton. One of the world’s most valuable brands, Louis Vuitton is also considered one of the most aggressive in defending the brand against counterfeit products, and has even won a legal case in Paris against eBay with a judgment ruling eBay was not taking enough action to prevent counterfeit sales on its Internet marketplace. However, Louis Vuitton has also lost in court in Europe, experiencing the cancellation of their checkerboard trademarks.
Once items at the Buffalo Grove store were verified as counterfeit, a search warrant was granted by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office late on Wednesday July 17, 2019 and the warrant was served. The charges are based on the number of counterfeit items in Pulley’s possession at the time of the arrest, police said. Investigators from the Buffalo Grove Police Department seized more than 1,900 items — including purses, wallets, shoes, and clothing identified with brand names from Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel and Burberry — with a total value of approximately $38,000.
Roksolana Pulley attended bond court at the Cook County Courthouse in Rolling Meadows Thursday July 18, 2019 and received a Personal Recognizance Bond. Roksolana Pulley is scheduled for her next court date on Thursday August 29, 2019.
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