What to know about the ceramic tile craze in the United States
On the heels of the ceramic tiles craze, New Yorkers are getting into the act too.
On Tuesday, a woman in Brooklyn was found guilty of a misdemeanor after she admitted she’d bought dozens of ceramic tiles from a website selling them for about $20 each.
The woman, identified by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office as Alicia Nguyen, was charged with two counts of fraudulently obtaining and possessing a fake ceramic tile.
According to prosecutors, Nguyen’s father-in-law gave her a sample of the tiles for the purpose of selling them on eBay.
Prosecutors say Nguyen then used the sample to buy ceramic tile coaster toys for her daughter, including a $35 coaster, which she later used to buy other items including a pair of ceramic tile sliders and a $100 “Ceramic Tile” pillow.
On Monday, Nguyen was sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to pay $6,600 in restitution.
But on Tuesday, the Brooklyn district attorney announced that she would not file charges against Nguyen for the fraudulent sales of the “Cersic Tile” pillows and “CERAMIC TILES” pillow, and she will instead be charged with three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a fake product.
“This is the first time I have ever seen a prosecution brought on a product fraud charge,” Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez told reporters after the verdict was read.
“There is no indication that the alleged fraud was in any way intentional.
This is a case of a mother buying a product from a web site and using it to steal another person’s property,” Gonzalez added.
A spokesperson for the Brooklyn DA’s office told The Daily Beast that Nguyen has been in a relationship with her daughter since 2009.
“The two have known each other for a long time and are very close friends,” the spokesperson added.
“Ms. Nguyen’s actions in using the tiles to make her daughter feel good are wholly innocent and she feels bad about them.”
A spokesperson from New York’s Department of Consumer Affairs did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Earlier this year, a Bronx woman was sentenced for selling ceramic tile to another woman for $10,000.
In 2014, a man in the Bronx was sentenced and fined $5,000 for using a counterfeit product to make himself look “good” by decorating his kitchen.