Woman arrested with $500,000 fake designer handbags and more in Tulare, deputies say

TULARE COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – A woman was arrested in Tulare County for getting $500,000 worth of fake designer handbags, clothes and jewelry on Tuesday, county sheriff’s office officials say of Tulare.

Deputies said on Tuesday they were tipped off by Department of Homeland Security officials that a large shipment of fake goods was heading to Tulare County from the Philippines.

After investigation, detectives said they were able to identify a house in the 800 block of Belmont Street in Tulare as the recipient of the counterfeits.

Officials say detectives served a warrant on the home and found Maria Teresa Avina Lopez, 41, in possession of 704 fake handbags, 600 fake clothes and two large bags filled with fake jewelry.

Deputies say the estimated value of all the items if sold is around $500,000.

Authorities from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said Lopez was arrested for possession of counterfeit products.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 733-6218. Anonymous tips can be texted or emailed to TCSO@tipnow.com or 1-800-TIPNOW.

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