Federal Agents Raid Flea Market for Selling Fake Cosmetics


Federal agents in Pennsylvania carried away boxes of counterfeit goods from a Bucks County flea market on Tuesday as part of an investigation into fake cosmetics. Private Investigator Stuart Drobny, who works undercover for manufacturers, helped identify the bogus name-brand cosmetics that were seized in the raid.  Drobny said, “If it’s not made up to specifications, there’s a lot of potential for bad makeup and bad cologne.”

Local police, along with customs enforcements agents from the Department of Homeland Security, raided half a dozen booths at Rice’s Flea Market in the Solebury Township. One vendor, had some of the name brand makeup he sells seized. “We knew some of it might not be real, but the majority of what we bought was from legitimate sources,” the vendor said.

“It’s potentially dangerous, and I know a couple stories of people who’ve gotten rashes from putting counterfeit perfumes on,” said vendor Vicki Cychowski. She went on to say that it is not hard to spot the fake stuff. “The colors of the boxes are different and, a lot of the time, you can tell the color of the liquid is the wrong color,” she said.

“We tell the vendors they are not allowed to sell counterfeits and if they do they get in trouble,” said Chuck Kane, the GM of Rice’s Market. “Today is a perfect example of that.”

Flea market vendors who were identified on Tuesday were given warnings. If the flea market vendors are caught selling fake makeup in the future, they will be arrested.


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