KUALA LUMPUR: More than RM100,000 worth of imitation goods of branded products were seized from an exhibition area in a four-star hotel in Jalan Walter Grenier during an operation here yesterday.
An eight-member team from the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry led by enforcement division assistant head Mazlan Ismail raided the place on the lower ground floor of the hotel at 4.30pm.
Mazlan said the team found more than 500 items including fake branded watches, handbags, wallets, belts and other leather goods that were being sold at the same price as the originals. They carried brand names such as Versace, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Tudor.
Mazlan said the goods were believed to have been bought from Petaling Street.
He said the syndicate rented the exhibition room and transformed it into a showroom-cum-warehouse.
It is believed this is the first time a syndicate operating in such manner has been exposed.
Mazlan said the syndicate would only open for business during weekends, adding that the culprits would distribute flyers informing the public about a sale on branded goods at discounted prices.
The team recorded statements from a 26-year-old worker at the exhibition room. A sales promoter and another staff were said to have fled.
Mazlan said the goods did not have warranty cards or serial numbers to prove they were genuine.
The raid was conducted following reports by the brands' licensed distributors, he said, adding that some items were not confiscated as their distributors did not lodged a complaint.
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