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Buying knock off handbags a crime?

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

New York City Councilwoman Margaret Chin wants to make it a crime to buy counterfeit handbags in Chinatown.

The bill would slap buyers with a maximum $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison.

The purpose of the legislation is to lessen the demand for the fake designer goods including Gucci, Prada and Chanel knock off purses.

"We want a deterrent. We want them (visitors) to seek out the good things we have. We just have to put a stop to it," Chin said in an interview on Good Day New York.

Last year alone, Customs and Border Patrol officers seized $511M in fake handbags.  $340M worth of forgeries were gathered by agents in New York.

The fake bags come in shipments in large containers. The bag and label come in separately, added Chin.

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