Pinay DH gets suspended sentence for selling fake sunglasses in Central
A Filipina domestic worker was sentenced to a suspended two-week jail term after admitting to selling fake sunglasses in Central.
M. Lopez, 48, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Bina Chainrai at the Eastern Courts on Monday. She was charged with possession for sale of manufactured goods to which a forged trademark was applied, as well as breaching the conditions of her stay in the city.
Lopez’s lawyer said she had been working in Hong Kong for the same employer since 2009 to provide for his husband and three children in the Philippines.
On Jan. 12 last year, a Customs officer apprehended her selling 11 sunglasses with a forged Ray-Ban trademark in front of the Siberian Building in Des Voeux Road.
The Immigration Department also confirmed Lopez violated the conditions of her stay in Hong Kong, as foreign domestic workers are restricted from part-time work or engage in business outside their contracts.
Her lawyer argued that she was only walking around in Central on the day of the incident when someone sold her the fake glasses for her to resell. Lopez had also only acted without being aware of Hong Kong law, the lawyer added.
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Lopez’s employer also vouched for her character through a letter sent to the court.
Chainrai initially sentenced Lopez to three weeks imprisonment and a fine of HK$500, but shortened it to two weeks and suspended it for a year after entering her guilty plea.
If Lopez does not commit any crime within the suspension period, she need not serve the sentence.