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Former Bridgeport broker charged with selling counterfeit handbags

BRIDGEPORT – When Sonia Plumey lost her job as a broker after 20 years, police said she quickly picked up another line of work, selling hundreds of counterfeit handbags and other branded items online from her East Main Street home.

On Thursday, the 58-year-old Plumey was arrested following an 18-month investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Bridgeport police.

She was charged with multiple counts of use of counterfeit marking, first-degree larceny, telephone fraud, money laundering and one count of racketeering.

“It’s alleged that she was involved in selling hundreds of fraudulent handbags and laundering the money,” Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney Peter Cunniff told Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Reid as Plumey stood before her Friday afternoon.

He urged the judge to set a high bond for Plumey.

But Plumey’s lawyer, Robert Berke, argued that his client has no prior criminal record and for 20 years worked as a broker for Morgan Stanley.

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