South Florida woman sentenced for trafficking in counterfeit goods and money laundering
MIAMI – A South Florida woman was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison June 14 followed by two years of supervised release for trafficking in counterfeit merchandise, concealing assets and money laundering. The sentence resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Tatiana F. Tascon, 40, of Coconut Grove, pleaded guilty to the charges April 13, as part of her sentence she agreed to forfeit $78,949.45 as well as two properties in Miami.
According to court documents, Tascon trafficked in goods including high-end designer handbags, wallets and watches out of a showroom in her Coconut Grove residence. While trafficking in counterfeit goods, Tascon filed and was granted Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. In her bankruptcy filings she failed to report that she earned more than $700,000 from her illicit counterfeit goods business. Tascon laundered the earnings from her illegal business through the bank accounts of third parties.