France Busts Counterfeit Ring Involving Hermès Employees

The only thing worse than someone counterfeiting Hermès bags is someone counterfeiting Hermès bags with the help of Hermès’s own employees.

France’s national police busted an international crime ring that produced fake Hermès bags aided by the iconic brand’s own employees on Thursday, WWD reports. Two of the employees have been fired, and several current workers are thought to also be involved.

The police discovered secret warehouses stocked with leather skins, and a dozen people total have reportedly been arrested so far. This bust comes about two weeks after France launched a new anti-counterfeiting ad campaign. The crime ring sold fake Hermès bags throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, and one branch of the ring was estimated to have sold €18 million, or around $22 million, worth of goods. WHOA.

Hermès explained in a statement:

“This operation concludes a one-year investigation following an Hermès complaint based on clues and abnormal behavior identified through the house’s internal monitoring systems. Hermès is very satisfied with the efficient and diligent collaboration established with the national gendarmerie in this case and reiterates its relentless commitment to fighting counterfeiting. This action puts an end to the fraudulent project in progress.”

So, is this how Taylor Armstrong got her fake Birkin?

[WWD]

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