4 women arrested for sale of counterfeit goods at Orchard, Tampines: Over $12k worth of items seized

Four women, aged between 24 and 31, were arrested for their suspected involvement in online and retail sales of counterfeit goods.

The police said in a statement on July 25 that officers from the Criminal Investigation Department conducted raids along Orchard Road and Tampines Road on July 23, resulting in the arrests.

"During the operation, more than 160 pieces of trademark-infringing goods comprising handbags, apparel, footwear and accessories with an estimated street value of more than S$12,000 were seized," the police said.

Preliminary investigations revealed that one of the women had procured these counterfeit goods from overseas and offered them for sale online on a pre-order basis.

Investigations are ongoing.

The police said they take a serious view of intellectual property rights infringements.

"Distribution and sale of counterfeit goods are serious offences and the police will not hesitate to take tough action against perpetrators who profit at the expense of legitimate businesses and consumers," the police said.

Anyone found guilty of selling or distributing goods with falsely applied trademarks may be fined up to $100,000, or up to five years' jail, or both.