First, it was a tangle with Chanel, Inc. in 2009. Now, Jeannine Buford of St. Louis has pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit handbags "made" by Hermés.
Buford purchased the bags from a Chinese manufacturer and then used an internet-based business to sell the bags as the real thing.
A 2011 undercover operation by the FBI had one of their agents "buy" one of the handbags from Buford. However, the whole case came to light, the St. Louis' division of the FBI says, after someone filed a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center.