BAGMEN JAILED FOR FAKES
PARIS: A former employee of luxury goods maker Hermes has been sentenced to six years in prison, and 23 accomplices have been convicted of making and selling hundreds of counterfeit versions of the company’s Birkin handbags.
“Romain C”, a leather craftsman who was tried in his absence, made tens of millions of euros as the head of a network that sold versions of the bag made with leather from Hermes’ own suppliers.
Half a dozen of the other gang members, given prison sentences or fined, were also former employees of the company, which sells its handbags for up to €20,000 ($31,000).
They are named after Jane Birkin, the British-born actress and singer. The leather goods company makes only 8500 handbags a year.
The network, which operated from 2008 to 2012, was the subject of a trial in Paris in November and December.