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A Hyogo Prefecture woman who allegedly conspired with a couple to sell fake Oakley sunglasses on an Internet auction site was arrested Tuesday.

The three allegedly passed off cheap imported sunglasses as those made by upscale sunglasses maker Oakley Inc. of the United States.

Many well-known Japanese athletes wear Oakley sunglasses, including Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners and soccer star Hidetoshi Nakata.

Aichi Prefectural Police arrested Megumi Kuwata, 32, an unemployed woman from Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, on suspicion of violating the trademark law. Police seized some 3,000 pairs of fake Oakley-brand sunglasses when they searched her house last week.

The couple, Kenzo Takenaka and his wife, Yukako, both 40, were arrested last week.

Police allege that the trio posted an ad on the auction site in September, claiming they were offering the same type of Oakley sunglasses worn by Suzuki. They reportedly sold three pairs of such sunglasses for about 13,000 yen each.

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