PHOENIX – A Phoenix woman is accused of running a business dealing in counterfeit high-end merchandise.
Maritza Garcia Orozco was arrested for operating an illegal enterprise and possessing counterfeit marks.
Phoenix police said she had two employees working for her who admitted to knowingly selling the counterfeit goods. They were arrested and charged with possessing counterfeit marks.
The counterfeit operation was discovered after a sergeant noticed a couple of large canopies and display tables in the driveway of a home near McDowell Road and 59th Avenue last week.
The sergeant saw about 200 items bearing registered trademarks hanging from the canopies and scattered on the tables, according to information from the Phoenix Police Department. The sergeant thought it suspicious that these types of items would be sold in a yard sale environment.
According to police, the home was being used as a business location for Maritza's Fashions. The inventory consisted of brand names such as Gucci, Coach, Burberry and Michael Kors.
Police said Orozco admitted to making at least $3,000 a week profit, or $150,000 a year, with her enterprise. Police believe that is probably a very conservative figure based on the inventory found at the home. Orozco reportedly had 1,714 items in inventory with a "real" value of nearly $498,000 and nearly $50,000 at her "store" prices.