Franklin woman indicted for selling counterfeit purses

Franklin woman indicted for selling counterfeit purses (Image 1)

A Franklin woman is facing federal charges for allegedly selling counterfeit handbags, shoes, sunglasses and other merchandise.

News 2 first aired the purse party case in October of 2008.

At the time, Franklin police and the FBI executed a search warrant at the Ewingville Drive home of Karen David.

Inside, investigators discovered hundreds of knockoff handbags and other merchandise with fake designer labels.

For the last five years, the case has been buried somewhere between the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Wednesday, a federal grand jury indicted David on several counts.

Peter Strianse, David's attorney, told News 2 the statue of limitations for prosecuting the case is five years and was to expire next month.

Strianse said, “She put it out of her mind.  I put it out of my mind.  I closed the file and now she is facing the specter of a felony conviction and jail time for something she did not think was a violation of the law.”

Investigators allege David sold the merchandise at well-publicized events known as purse parties.

Strianse says the parties were well-advertised and hundreds of women attended.

“I am disappointed the U.S. Attorney's Office waited five years to charge her in this case,” he said.  “She is a good person and a hard worker and has a wonderful career to this point. She purchased a business in 2008 from a woman, known as the purse lady. She had been attending purse sales in 2007 with friends from the bank, parties attended by hundreds of women who bought purses.”

Strianse continued, “David didn't know it was illegal. In 2008 the woman then known as the purse lady sold her business, she retired, and my client, Ms. David, bought it.  She  didn't know there was anything wrong selling copycat purses so I am really disappointed they have waited till the statute of limitations was about to expire.”

No one from the FBI or the U.S. Attorney's Office would comment on camera about the case.

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