New York City debates crackdown on counterfeit luxury goods
by Verena Dobnik, Associated Press
June 13, 2013 11:00 AM | 713 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pedestrians shop for purses and other merchandise on Canal Street in New York, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Bargain hunters from around the world flock to Manhattan's Chinatown for legally sold bags, jewelry and other accessories bursting onto sidewalks from storefronts along Canal Street. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Pedestrians shop for purses and other merchandise on Canal Street in New York, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Bargain hunters from around the world flock to Manhattan's Chinatown for legally sold bags, jewelry and other accessories bursting onto sidewalks from storefronts along Canal Street. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it illegal to buy a fake Rolex watch or Prada handbag from a street vendor.

A City Council hearing has started on the legislation. If it passes, buyers of counterfeit goods could be jailed for up to one year or fined $1,000.

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. said Thursday that a year in jail "seems a little tough" for buying fake goods. He says buying a counterfeit item should be a violation, not a misdemeanor.

But Councilwoman Margaret Chin says nothing done so far has worked to curb the selling of fakes.

Chin is the sponsor of the bill. Her district includes Manhattan's Chinatown, where many of the vendors of counterfeits are based.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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