Tue, Nov 26, 2002 - Page 4 News List

Hair salon owner indicted for selling counterfeit shampoo

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The head of a well-known beauty salon chain was indicted for fraud yesterday for allegedly using and selling counterfeit brand-name shampoos and conditioners.

According to Taipei Prosecutor Chen Chin-te's (陳進德) indictment, Yu Yun-lung (游雲龍), president of the Charlie International Group, purchased Taiwan-made shampoos and conditioners for NT$100 per 1,000cc container and put them in bottles bearing a Dutch brand name.

The indictment alleges that Yu both used the counterfeit products in his chain of beauty salons and sold them to customers for NT$2,800 per 1,000cc.

The indictment states that the police confiscated 500 bottles of counterfeit products from one of Yu's salons and discovered that the license number for the Department of Health and the bar codes on the products were not genuine.

Chen did not suggest any sentence for Yu in the indictment.

"Yu admitted to the crime immediately and cooperated with us during our investigation over the past year. As a result, I decided to leave the decision [on sentencing] up to the judge," Chen said.

The case was first made public by the KMT's Taipei City Councilor Lin Yi-hua (林奕華) on Sept. 7 last year.

At a press conference on that day, Lin said that she felt something was wrong with her hair after getting a perm at a salon. She said another woman had called her to accuse the company of malfeasance, claiming that she had had an allergic seizure after having her hair done at one of the chain's salons.

After the press conference, Lin led a team of reporters to the chain's Ta-an branch to seek for an explanation from the company.

Tina Chiu (邱莉櫻), a deputy manager of the company, claimed at the time that the company might be a victim of fraud because "nothing has ever gone wrong and nobody has ever complained for the 10 years we have been operating the salon."

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