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Mall at Wellington Green cracks down on bogus clothing sales

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By Juan Carlos Fanjul email
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WELLINGTON, FL (WFLX) - The Mall at Wellington Green customers are ticked off at a real fashion faux pas.

What some people thought were expensive Ed Hardy or Christian Audigier clothing items were bogus.

"That makes me feel like I'm going to a flea market sometimes and it's really Wellington Mall which supposedly is a good mall," said shopper Ramon Ortiz.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office financial crimes division turning into the fashion police after getting a tip from Ed Hardy corporate that two stores at the mall, Monaco and Monaco Couture, where selling fake Ed Hardy shirts.

Real ones typically go for over 100 bucks, the knock offs cost slightly less.

"They usually run out of people's homes where people know they are buying counterfeit. What makes this unique, mixing the good product with the bad product. People thought they were getting what they paid for," said financial crimes Sgt. Keith Conley.

The stores were raided Thursday morning. Deputies found nearly $30,000 in bogus clothing.

Under arrest, husband and wife store owners Halil and Ege Uzundemir who opened the stores in October.

P.B.S.O. claims the pair sold counterfeit items in two other malls in Broward County using the same bait and switch method.

Customers who thought they were getting the real thing were stunned.

"I would really think in a mall we would be protected against that, that they would be original," said shopper Lisa Johnson.

Detectives say The Mall at Wellington Green took the bogus sales seriously and helped P.B.S.O.'s financial crimes division in the investigation and were instrumental in Thursday's bust.

The two stores are closed.

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