Advertisement
  1. News

Pasco woman admits she peddled $961,744 in fake MAC makeup

Published Aug. 27, 2014

TAMPA — Homeland Security agents have been keeping America safe from bad makeup.

Lipstick bombs? Anthrax blush? Try counterfeit MAC.

Tina Oleszczuk, 44, of New Port Richey faces up to 10 years in prison after admitting in a plea agreement filed Tuesday that she sold at least $961,744 worth of knock-off MAC products made in China and packaged to resemble the real thing.

MAC, short for Make-up Art Cosmetics, is a subsidiary of Estée Lauder Cosmetics. Products are sold at department stores and free-standing MAC shops at high-end malls such as International Plaza.

Oleszczuk sold the fakes through an online company, Cozmetic Delights, as well as through eBay and directly to some wholesale customers, her signed plea agreement states.

Meanwhile, her website promised, "All cosmetics sold from Cozmetic Delights are 100% authentic and genuine and there are absolutely no imitations."

Oleszczuk and her company were criminally charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods.

From April 2012 to February, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized 4,060 fake MAC items worth $17,072 that were mailed to Oleszczuk, her family members or neighbors, the plea agreement states.

Homeland Security Investigations agents made purchases of $38 and $107 through Cozmetic Delights before questioning Oleszczuk and her husband, Robert, who were both listed in corporate records as managing members of the company.

No charges against the husband appear in the court file.

Tina Oleszczuk acknowledged that she had received customs notices informing her that counterfeit goods had been seized and that she had used alternate mailing addresses to stop the seizures, the record states.

Homeland Security agents found invoices reflecting $961,744.75 in sales. They also found bank records showing nearly $1.4 million in deposits to a Cozmetic Delights account.

Under terms of the agreement, Oleszczuk would be responsible for repaying MAC the lesser amount, though U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore would have the final say. Before that can happen, Oleszczuk will likely appear before a magistrate judge to formalize her plea.

Contact Patty Ryan at pryan@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3382.

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. The rescuers set out guiding the dolphins back to Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Clearwater Marine Aquarium
    Officials say they think the animals were scared of swimming under the bridge.
  2. Mitchell High School junior Noah Denny addressed the New Port Richey City Council several times since February regarding his ideas for a plastic straw ban in the city. James Denny
  3. Tampa has a pilot program underway to test scooters. Clearwater could soon have one of its own. But if it's limited to downtown, who will use it? CHRIS URSO  |   Times
    The city’s plan is coming into focus, but there will be limitations.
  4. Pasco School District headquarters in Land O' Lakes
    The board’s 2019-20 budget totals $1.39 billion.
  5. For King and Country's Joel and Luke Smallbone. Courtesy For King and Country
    The Christian pop duo’s Burn the Ships tour comes to Tampa’s Amalie Arena Oct. 13.
  6. The DeLucio family of Trinity toured the Mitchell High School campus and showed the visit on their YouTube channel, which has more than 1 million subscribers. Many parents, students and school officials were not amused. YouTube
    The proposed policy comes up for a vote on Oct. 1.
  7. Hillsborough County Tax Collector Doug Belden told employees Wednesday morning that health problems have forced him to step down at the end of his fifth term, in January 2021.
    After 21 years in the job, Belden plans to retire when his term ends Jan. 3, 2021
  8. Hernando tourism director Tammy Heon places a sign in the new information center Monday.
    County tourism bureau moves into downtown Brooksville, saving thousands of dollars annually, the tourism director said.
  9. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates.
    The driver emerged okay but faces charges of driving with a suspended license.
  10. United School Employees of Pasco president Don Peace denounces the school district's pay raise proposal in a YouTube video sent to all district employees Sept. 9, 2019. United School Employees of Pasco
    The local teachers union already has denounced the idea.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement