BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The owner of a kiosk at Boca’s Town Center Mall, a Simon Malls Property, is under arrest after allegedly selling counterfeit Cartier Jewelry.
From Boca Raton Police:
On March 24, 2014, an investigator from A Action Investigations and Security Inc. contacted a Boca Raton Police Sergeant regarding counterfeit jewelry sales from the Silver Connection, a kiosk operating at Town Center Mall, 6000 West Glades Road.
The investigator, Eric Berger, told the sergeant that in June, 2013, the company owners were served with a cease and desist letter from the attorneys representing Cartier to stop selling all counterfeit Cartier trademarked items, including the Juste Un Clou nail bracelet. A follow-up visit confirmed that Silver Connection appeared to have removed the counterfeit items, but then more recent information indicated they were selling the items under the counter.
Two undercover investigators from A Action Investigations went to the Silver Connection and were able to purchase a Cartier Juste Un Clou nail bracelet, which was confirmed to be counterfeit. They also took pictures of several plastic bags which appeared to contain Cartier jewelry. The Silver Connection sold the fraudulent bracelet for $84.53 (including tax). The authentic bracelet retails for $6,850.
On Thursday, March 27 an undercover Boca Raton Police officer and an investigator from A Action Investigations were able to purchase another Cartier Juste Un Clou nail bracelet for $69.00. Based on this information, detectives obtained a search warrant for the Silver Connection, which was served later that day.
Detectives met with the employee who sold the officer the bracelet and the owner of the business, Hina Singh. The employee admitted she knew of the cease and desist letter and was supposed to refer any customers who asked for Cartier jewelry to Singh. She also said she saw Singh sell the items, but has never sold it herself; unaware that detectives knew she had sold the bracelet to the undercover officer.
Singh told detectives she owns the Silver Connection and another kiosk in the mall called Tressor. Singh admitted to receiving a cease and desist letter from Cartier, but she continued to sell the counterfeit Cartier jewelry. Singh showed detectives the boxes under the counter that contained the counterfeit Cartier jewelry. Berger confirmed the Cartier jewelry found yesterday at the Silver Connection was counterfeit. The estimated retail value of the seized Cartier jewelry (if real) would be over $1,000,000.
Boca Raton detectives arrested Hina Singh and charged her with the selling of counterfeit goods valued at over $20,000.