Woman Charged In Counterfeit Purse Scheme

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A northeast Ohio woman is accused of making possibly more than one (m) million dollars a year by selling counterfeit designer purses.

Cathy DeMeio of Lake Township in Stark County has been indicted on two counts of trademark counterfeiting. She has pleaded not guilty.

DeMeio, the owner of Cathy's Closet, is accused of putting counterfeit labels on purses made to look like Coach, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Burberry, Gucci and Kate Spade products.

She's accused of selling them at house parties, her residence and a storefront in Hartville that had no signs and did business by word of mouth.

DeMeio's attorney, Donald Malarcik Junior says his client felt she was in full compliance with the law and that she advertised the purses were knockoffs.