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US News & World Report: New York City Considers Jail, Fine for Buyers of Fake Designer Goods

June 14th, 2013 Posted in In the Press

By Steven Nelson

New York City Council member Margaret Chin, a Democrat representing lower Manhattan, wants to frighten the fashion anarchists who purchase fake designer bags away from the tempting offers of clever street vendors.

Legislation proposed by Chin and six other city council members would make buying a counterfeit product in the city a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $1,000.

Chin announced the proposal in April and the bill was discussed during a Thursday hearing of the council’s Public Safety Committee — where it will likely linger for months as officials prioritize the city budget. The New York City Council has 51 members, 46 of whom are Democrats.

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