State and local authorities charged three people in connection with fake clothing being sold at vendor booths during the Atlantic Beach Bikefest, according to a news release from the S.C. Secretary of State’s Office.
Pamela Letitia Jackson, 42, of Winston-Salem, N.C., Anthony Junior Samuels, 40, of Trenton, N.J., and Idrissa Samba, 41, of Southfield, Mich., were each charged with unauthorized use or trafficking in counterfeit trademarks by an individual and jailed about 3:15 p.m. Sunday, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
Jackson is being held on $7,000 bond, Samba has a $15,000 bond and Samuels has a $10,000 bond, according to jail records.
Authorities said the counterfeit merchandise included purses, shoes, wallets, watches and belts that misrepresented manufacturers such as Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Fendi, Nike and others. The retail value of the seized goods was estimated to be $148,910.
In addition to the merchandise being confiscated, authorities also seized $2,730 cash and a van used to transport goods, according to the release.
“The Horry County Police Department is appreciative of our partnership with the Office of the Secretary of State to address the sale of counterfeit merchandise and the citizens who bring this illegal activity to our attention,” said Saundra Rhodes, Horry County Police chief. “Although there are numerous other crimes that are addressed during Bike Week, we owe it to our local business community to be very vigilant in stopping these sales.”
If convicted, the trio face up to $20,000 in fines and/or five years in prison.
“The sale of counterfeit merchandise exploits our tourists, hurts manufacturers, retailers, and the economy,” Secretary of State Mark Hammond said. “I encourage consumers to question inappropriate pricing or markings on known ‘designer’ items, as well as where the items are being sold.”
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