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Police bust Memphis salon for selling counterfeit handbags

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV)- Owners of a Memphis nail salon face serious charges after police found them selling more than manicures and pedicures.

Nhu-Y Nguyen, the owner of Angel's Nails, was arrested along with her daughter, Vita Tran, on charges of criminal simulation between $10,000 and $60,000.

The charges came after investigators recently raided Angel's and removed nearly $10,000 in cash, plus 49 counterfeit designer handbags and coin purses worth nearly $24,000.

"You know, I don't do anything wrong," Nguyen said. "Why they take all the money in the store?"

Police say the bags were on display in a window at Angel's, and were for sale inside the salon.

Nguyen points the finger at her daughter.

"She go over there. Buy. Come here. Sell," she said.

"Over there," where the purses were allegedly obtained, is a flea market on South Third.  That flea is closed Monday through Wednesday.  But last month, in a separate story, counterfeit goods investigator Keith Haney described the barter of bogus bags as a worldwide issue.

"The counterfeiting industry is huge," he said. "It's a multi-billion dollar enterprise."

Despite the charges, Nguyen and Tran returned to work on Monday, and Angel's remains open for business and the women plan to fight the case in court.

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