United States Attorney Lawrence G. Brown
Eastern District of California
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lauren Horwood
Monday, September 21, 2009
Docket #: 08-cr-425-FCD
GRANITE BAY WOMAN ADMITS TO DISTRIBUTING “KNOCK OFF” GOODS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Lawrence G. Brown, Placer County
Sheriff Edward Bonner, and United States Secret Service Resident Agent-in-Charge, Scott
Gillingham, announced today that MICHELLE BUNFILL, 49, of Granite Bay, pleaded guilty to
selling counterfeited goods, sometimes called “knock offs,” including handbags, wallets, and
This case is the product of an investigation by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office and the
United States Secret Service with cooperation from the trademark holders.
According to Assistant United States Attorney Robin R. Taylor, who is prosecuting the
case, BUNFILL admitted to selling a large volume of counterfeited handbags and wallets
bearing the trademarks of designers including Gucci, Coach, Prada, Burberry, Kate Spade,
Chanel, and others. The defendant sold the counterfeited product for profit, often making the
items available in the homes of people who recruited prospective purchasers for the defendant.
The defendant admitted that from June 2006 through August 2007 she earned gross sales of
Sentencing is set for November 30, 2009, before United States District Judge Frank C.
BUNFILL faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of $2 million; the
counterfeited items are subject to forfeiture. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at
the discretion of the court after consideration of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take
into account a number of variables and any applicable statutory sentencing factors.
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