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LV forger set up plant in govt building

By Yan Shuang (Global Times)

08:48, October 19, 2012

Two village officials who rented part of a government building to a counterfeiter of Louis Vuitton products in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province have been given reprimands, said local officials Thursday.

Law enforcement officials said more than 7,000 LV bags and wallets, worth more than 25 million yuan ($3.99 million), were found in the government building following a raid on July 12.

The city commission for disciplinary inspection of Zhanjiang said local police and local commerce and industry officials were tipped off by residents.

The commission said Fu Chaowen and Zhou Feiqian, who are Party committee officials from the village of Yuanfa, have been given warnings but are not likely to face further punishments as there is no evidence they knew the building's tenant was making fake goods.

The commission said a local police officer talked the local Party committee into renting the second and the third floor of the government building to a leather goods maker for just 10,000 yuan a year.

Village officials helped the counterfeiter to officially register as a leather goods manufacturer and the rent was noted as "government income" on the village's accounts, according to the commission's official statement.

"The police officer is still being investigated by the commission and the police for trademark infringement," Gao Xiaoyuan, a media officer with the commission, told the Global Times Thursday.

Gao said the counterfeit products were sold in many places including Guangzhou, capital of the province, adding that Fu and Zhou have already received a demerit in accordance with Party regulations.

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