A retired suburban Boca Raton man traveled to Manhattan and bought fake high-end named bags and brought them down to Palm Beach County with the intention of selling them in a parking lot on Palmetto Park Road, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies allege.
Anthony Corbo, 85, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of counterfeiting.
A sheriff’s deputy on bike patrol was approached April 24 by someone who reported that a man was selling merchandise from a vehicle and it appeared suspicious.
The deputy found Corbo standing next to a 2012 Toyota Scion in a parking lot at 7050 W. Palmetto Park Rd., according to a sheriff’s probable-cause affidavit.
While standing with Corbo, the deputy saw designer bags including Hermes, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and others, as well as shoes, watches and other accessories of those brands.
Corbo allegedly agreed to speak with deputies and told them where he buys these fake bags.
He said he travels to Chinatown in Manhattan, N.Y. on a “regular basis” to buy the bags. His most recent visit was in April when he bought $4,500 worth of fake bags.
Corbo said he then came to suburban Boca to sell the bags as genuine ones. However, Corbo said he hadn’t made any sales prior to that day.
Eric Berger, the president of A Action Investigations & Security, Inc. was called to the scene and confirmed that the items were fake. He found the 22 fake watches were worth a total of $92,000. All items were found to be worth in excess of $122,000 with a retail value of $214,000, the affidavit says.