3 arrested on counterfeit goods charges at Bike Week event

3 arrested on counterfeit goods charges at Bike Week event

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - Three people were arrested during Bike Week on charges related to counterfeit goods, the South Carolina Secretary of State's Office says.

Anthony J. Samuels, of  Trenton NJ, and Pamela L. Jackson, of Winston Salem, NC, were arrested and charged with distribution of counterfeit goods, according to Renee Daggerhart, a spokesperson for the Secretary of State's Office. Idrissa Samba, of Southfield MI, was arrested and charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods, Daggerhart said.

Horry County Police partnered with the Seceretary of State's Office in the investigation and made the arrests during Bike Week on Sunday.

The counterfeit merchandise included purses, shoes, wallets, watches, and belts, according to a report. Manufacturers misrepresented were Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Fendi, Prada, Nike, Timberland and Coach, and the retail value of the seized goods was estimated to be $148,910.00, the report states.

Horry County Police also confiscated were a van used to transport goods as well as $2,730 in cash, the report states.

Daggerhart said the Secretary of State's Office has worked successfully for many years with the Horry County Police Department to shut down counterfeit merchandise sales during Bike Week.

"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," Horry County Police Chief Saundra Rhodes said. "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."

Secretary of State Mark Hammond said counterfeit merchandise sales exploits tourists and hurts manufacturers, retailers and the economy.

"I encourage consumers to question inappropriate pricing or markings on known 'designer' items, as well as where the items are being sold," Hammond said.

Distribution of counterfeit merchandise carries a fine of up to $20,000 and/or five years imprisonment. Trafficking in counterfeit goods carries a five year prison term with fines up to $25,000.

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