We love purses just as much as the next gal. And even though our collection has grown and is threatening to encroach on the space designated for our shoe collection, there are limits to what we’ll do to get that next bag.
One criminally enterprising woman in the United States, however, saw a way to have her bags and sell them, too, so to speak, through a relatively simple yet highly lucrative buy-return-sell scam. She is now facing jail time, thousands of dollars in fines, and deportation for the scam that preyed on both the retailers and also the accessory-loving ladies that shop for them online.
Praepitcha Smatsorabudh, a preschool teacher from Virginia, was buying legit, authentic luxury handbags from brands like Gucci, Celine, Yves Saint Laurent, Fendi and more in stores with one of 15 credit cards, then returning knock-off handbags that mimicked the designs to the stores. She would then sell the real bags online on Ebay and from her Instagram account called Rich Girls Collection. Cha ching!
Here’s one of the many handbags that Smatsorabudh posted to her social media account:
👜Saint Laurent Medium Monogram Matelasse Bag in Bleu Majorelle👜 🗼Authentic Guarantee🗼 🎁Brand New with Original Sleeper Bag, and Authentication Care Card🎁 💵 Payment: Paypal, MoneyGrams, and Western Union💵 ✈Free Shipping in the US✈ ☎More Information contact: Line app: praepitcha Email: email@example.com☎ 🏢ebay store: loukpeach🏢
According to The Fashion Law, she executed this switcheroo at least 226 times, netting herself a profit of over a million dollars in just a few years. This past spring, however, Smatsorabudh’s home was raided, and nearly 600 bags–a mix of real and fake–were seized. She plead guilty to wire fraud in August.
She’s facing 30 months in prison and a bill of about $400 US to the retailers she swindled.
Probably the most darkly poetic thing about this whole ordeal is the final upload to Smatsorabudh’s Instagram account.