IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
September 2, 2008
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
AIAO CHEN, AKA MAI CHEN, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Frank C. Damrell, Jr. United States District Judge
PRELIMINARY ORDER OF FORFEITURE
Based upon the plea agreement entered into between plaintiff United States of America and defendant Aiao Chen, it is hereby
ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED as follows:
1. Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 2320(b)(1)(B), defendant Aiao Chen's interest in the following properties shall be condemned and forfeited to the United States of America, to be disposed of according to law:
a. Approximately 2 Armani wallets,
b. Approximately 19 Burberry handbags,
c. Approximately 4 Chanel handbags,
d. Approximately 2 pairs of Chanel earrings,
e. Approximately 7 Chanel wallets,
f. Approximately 225 Coach handbags,
g. Approximately 17 Coach iPod holders,
h. Approximately 45 Coach wallets,
i. Approximately 3 Dolce & Gabbana handbags,
j. Approximately 5 Dooney & Burke handbags,
k. Approximately 6 Gucci handbags,
l. Approximately 2 Gucci wallets,
m. Approximately 4 Izod/Lacoste polo shirts,
n. Approximately 4 Louis Vuitton handbags,
o. Approximately 4 Louis Vuitton scarves,
p. Approximately 1 Louis Vuitton wallet,
q. Approximately 1 Prada wallet,
r. Approximately 7 pairs of Rock & Republic jeans,
s. Approximately 2 Tiffany & Co. bracelets,
t. Approximately 2 pairs of Tiffany & Co. earrings,and
u. Approximately 2 pairs of True Religion jeans.
2. The above-listed properties were used, in any manner or part, to commit or to facilitate a commission of a violation 18 U.S.C. § 2320(a). Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 2320(b)(3)(B), the Court shall order that any forfeited article or component of an article bearing or consisting of a counterfeit mark be destroyed.
3. Pursuant to Rule 32.2(b), the Attorney General (or a designee) shall be authorized to seize the above-described properties. The aforementioned properties shall be seized and held by the Department of Homeland Security, United States Secret Service, in its secure custody and control.
4. a. Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 2320(b)(3)(B) incorporating 21 U.S.C. § 853(n) and Local Rule 83-171, the United States forthwith shall publish at least once for three successive weeks in the Daily Recorder (Sacramento County), a newspaper of general circulation located in the county in which the above-listed properties were seized, notice of this Order, notice of the Attorney General's or Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security's intent to dispose of the properties in such manner as the Attorney General or Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security may direct, and notice that any person, other than the defendant, having or claiming a legal interest in the above-listed properties must file a petition with the Court within thirty (30) days of the final publication of the notice or of receipt of actual notice, whichever is earlier.
b. This notice shall state that the petition shall be for a hearing to adjudicate the validity of the petitioner's alleged interest in the properties, shall be signed by the petitioner under penalty of perjury, and shall set forth the nature and extent of the petitioner's right, title, or interest in the forfeited properties and any additional facts supporting the petitioner's claim and the relief sought.
c. The United States may also, to the extent practicable, provide direct written notice to any person known to have alleged an interest in the properties that are the subject of the Order of Forfeiture, as a substitute for published notice as to those persons so notified.
5. If a petition is timely filed, upon adjudication of all third-party interests, if any, this Court will enter a Final Order of Forfeiture pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 2320(b)(1)(B), in which all interests will be addressed.
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