Raid yields bogus goods

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A weekend raid at the Barnyard Flea Market on Saturday yielded more than $61,000 in counterfeit jeans, shoes and shirts from one vendor, according to Richmond County officials.

Investigator Anita Hopson said Richmond County Sheriff's investigators were joined by deputies and four private investigators hired by companies such as Nike and Red Monkey to make the arrests.

Based on tips received by the private investigators, police arrested 43-year-old Shelby Carter, who operates two booths at the market, and charged him with forged counterfeit trademark. His employee, Doc Eric Williams, 20, was also charged, she said.

Authorities arrived that morning to find people selling the counterfeit items to customers at a fraction of the real cost and quickly seized the merchandise, Investigator Hopson said.

"We cleaned out the entire two booths," she said.

The items, which included about $30,000 worth of counterfeit Nike Air Jordan shoes, are priced based upon their value if they were authentic, Investigator Hopson explained.

She said vendors typically acquire the fraudulent merchandise from overseas distributors or over the internet. Though they might not always realize what they are getting is fake, Investigator Hopson said many are warned beforehand that they must cease selling the products.

She warned of more raids.

"We're not just going to direct these raids at flea markets," she said. "We are going to be going out to actual businesses because there are several businesses locally that are selling everything from counterfeit pocket books to counterfeit shoes."

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

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Concerned Friend
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Concerned Friend 08/14/07 - 03:35 am
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Here Ron Strength goes again,

Here Ron Strength goes again, going after the little guy selling jeans and shoes and lets the drug dealers keep on doing business as usual. It's amazeing how he covers up all the deputies that get fired for doing something illegal internally and you never hear anything else about all those deputies, do you? None of them are ever prosecuted!

Concerned Friend
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Concerned Friend 08/14/07 - 03:54 am
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Ronnie Strength, I am sure

Ronnie Strength, I am sure you can catch some people on Broad Street jaywalking also!

Dr. Pepper
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Dr. Pepper 08/14/07 - 04:16 am
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sure sounds like Concerned

sure sounds like Concerned Friend is a relative to the accused.....its funny how some people olny see the negative. Forget the fact that the Sheriff is responsible for 200,000 plus citizens.....not to mention that most cities actually have a police dept. and a police chief to assist with the law enforcement in the city. ConcernedFriend, if you must "bash" someone why not the commission? Good job Sheriff Strength for making due with your under-paid, under-staffed, and under-bugeted dept. Also Concered Friend, you must not read AC much or you would have read Sgt. Alan Rollins statement about the HUNDREDS of drug busts in the month of July by his narcotics officers. Maybe if you were really concerned you would know this already.

wsm141
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wsm141 08/14/07 - 04:41 am
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Not condoning a coverup if

Not condoning a coverup if that's the case. But wouldnt you rather see bad cops terminated as opposed to being left on the force to continue on with corruption. Cover up or not at least he's culling the bad one's!

lmbutler123
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lmbutler123 08/14/07 - 05:34 am
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oh for heavens sake people!!!

oh for heavens sake people!!! right is right and wrong is wrong!! This particular article is about a wrong being righted not the million of other wrongs that are yet to be righted...give the man a break and stop making a political statement out of a sneeze!

rbk
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rbk 08/14/07 - 05:56 am
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Why all the fuss about the

Why all the fuss about the Sheriff doing his job? If it was counterfeit money instead of counterfeit merchandise, these same people would be fussing if the sheriff didn't do something about it.
I think it is stupid of people to shell out big money to buy name brand clothes, but it that's how they want to spend their money, that is their business. On the other hand, I think people who buy cheap counterfeits just so they can look like they had big money to spend on the name brands, are cheap frauds and wanna-bes themselves.

Waymore
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Waymore 08/14/07 - 06:27 am
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So concerned friend, the

So concerned friend, the police should look the other way and ignore any other crime and just arrest drug dealers? I guess that petty shoplifters aren't really bothering anyone, so hey, leave them alone. And the wife beaters and child abusers? since they don't directly affect you, should they be left alone? Speeders, drunk drivers? What is an acceptable arrest outside of drug dealers. Some people can't see the forest for the trees. Are you "concerned" because now you can't buy a cheap knock off? What is the Sheriff supposed to do when corporate investigators ask for help? Ignore them? Come to think of it, my job would be so much easier if I only arrested drug dealers. Why don't you run for Sheriff and make that your policy?

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 08/14/07 - 06:56 am
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What about the street

What about the street "vendors" you see all along roads on the southside? Wanna bet those aren"t REAL Air force One's?

marketvendor
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marketvendor 08/14/07 - 06:58 am
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I sell at this flea market

I sell at this flea market and like other vendors I sell licensed products these rip off vendors hurt us vendors trying to sell legal products, I have seen many trade marked or licensed products being sold by vendors and have asked them if the item was real they always get defensive and will try to ignore me ??? they know the product is a knock off and their breaking the law, many company's are aggressively trying to protect there licensed or trade marked products and its the duty of law enforcement to help these company's enforce their rights, I'm also concerned that the management of the flea market doesn't do more about these rip-off vendors.....after all they do patrol the market and look at whats being sold so why do they allow these vendor to continue to sell

Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 08/14/07 - 07:16 am
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Hey Concerned Friend - read

Hey Concerned Friend - read the article - "based on tips received by private investigators" which were hired by Nike and Red Monkey. This is the company trying to protect their trademark - that is all.

Dedicated
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Dedicated 08/14/07 - 07:23 am
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Hold on!!!! Are the knock

Hold on!!!! Are the knock offs made in America? No...they come from China and other countries that make the originals. How do they get in to the country? Because the feds and other customs officials do not do their jobs. Are tariffs paid? Probably not. How do we know that the Nike shoes do not come from the same company that produces for the company, but are just spun off to sell on the open market. Our police officers are over worked and under paid....so why are they out working for corporate America instead of enforcing serious crime...such as the temperature of the cooked beef at McDonalds.

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 08/14/07 - 07:27 am
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The people being protected

The people being protected here are the stockholders and employees of the legitimate companies, people like us who have invested in these corportations like Nike through our companies's retirement plans. If somebody moved in down the street from you and started selling what looked like you own tradmarked inventory at less than your cost for making it in the first place, don't you think you might get upset and want to take action? These vendors with bogus goods are thieves and they are stealing from people who work for their living, the same as if they had broken into your store..

CSRAider
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CSRAider 08/14/07 - 07:45 am
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Yea its made out of poison.

Yea its made out of poison. Whatever it is dont put it in your mouth.

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 08/14/07 - 07:51 am
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One other little piece of

One other little piece of this mess is that a lot (even most?) of thes knock-off rip offs of American and other Western companies are coming from China. Remember China, the hottest ecomony in the world right now? The China who threatened last week to crash the US dollar if we tried to stabilize our own currency so that we can continue to have a growth economy instead of a recession? Remember them? They are using our greed and lust for things to ruin us, but who among us has a clue about it?

GuyIncognito
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GuyIncognito 08/14/07 - 08:02 am
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Pssstttt... Ronnie Few, there

Pssstttt... Ronnie Few, there is a guy that works at a used car dealership who sells dvds for newly released movies like Die Hard 3. Go get 'em!

pofwe
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pofwe 08/14/07 - 08:20 am
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Concerned Friend is a friend

Concerned Friend is a friend of whom? Certainly not a friend of law & justice.

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 08/14/07 - 08:31 am
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Liked you comment, DORK.

Liked you comment, DORK. Definitely one of the thinkers around here. The US, and other successful Western economies are always being targeted by the have nots and wannabes of the world. They see us as open for plundering, mainly because we are generous and slow to anger. They think we are complete saps, and as such, don't deserve the wealth we have gained. Wealth, to such unevolved world views, should belong only to the strong and we do not look strong to them, mainly because we are not brutal the way they are.

SunDown
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SunDown 08/14/07 - 08:40 am
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I wouldn't want to be

I wouldn't want to be defrauded! If these people are committing a crime, then by all means lock-em-up.

opal
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opal 08/14/07 - 09:33 am
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going to the flea market to

going to the flea market to by my gucci and dolce gabana. ha ha

ripjones
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ripjones 08/14/07 - 09:43 am
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There is no sheriff or police

There is no sheriff or police officer that I am aware of, that is responsible for the beef temperature at McDonalds or anywhere else. That is the job of the Health Department. Counterfeit goods hurt all of us. Part of the price of goods include the cost of protecting the trademarks. People who buy counterfeit goods are just trying to impress other people. They know that what they are buying is not the real deal. They're just hoping that no one looks to closely at their Prada bag.

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FallingLeaves 08/14/07 - 09:47 am
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I am glad to know officers

I am glad to know officers are checking the Flea Market. I saw some stuff for sale at one of the booths and remarked to my daughter what an amazing coincidence, they had all the same holiday decorations we had, including the same unusual color storage bucket under the display table. I got suspicious when the vendors walked up looking paranoid upon hearing what I said. My daughter said, "mom, let's go, they are looking at us funny." So I looked closer: they and their beat up old van rang a bell. My daughter dragged me off, but I kept glancing back, puzzled, where did I know them from? I went home and decided to look around the carport for our outdoor holiday decorations to display them. I asked my children if they had moved the storage bucket, they said no. Then it hit me, that was the same couple and the van with the hood up next door, moving stuff into the back of the van. I asked the neighbor about it later, she said, no, she wasn't moving, didn't know anyone with a van like that either. So the same day that my lawn mower was stolen, was also "steal anything on the carport day". I should have looked closer at the lawnmowers at that booth, one of them was probably mine.

Waymore
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Waymore 08/14/07 - 10:42 am
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Guyincognito, why in the

Guyincognito, why in the world do you want Ronnie Few to check the guy out??

opinions
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opinions 08/14/07 - 10:59 am
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baroness? I am a little

baroness? I am a little confused here. If you thought that was your stuff, why didn't you call the police right then and there, or go straight home to see if it was yours and then go back to confront him? The funny look should have told you something. Did you report the stolen lawn mower?

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dani 08/14/07 - 11:08 am
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dork..are you saying that

dork..are you saying that everything should be inspected by our government? Why not just convert to a communist gov.
>>The thing is, it is not the responsibility of the gov to control everything. We HAVE to have some personal responsibility.

kiddspur
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kiddspur 08/14/07 - 11:16 am
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Where I grew up a crime is a

Where I grew up a crime is a crime -- it hasn't changed has it.????

whitescorpion
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whitescorpion 08/14/07 - 12:54 pm
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Counterfeiters... LOCK-EM-UP.

Counterfeiters... LOCK-EM-UP.

proudsoutherner
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proudsoutherner 08/14/07 - 01:09 pm
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concerned friend is probably

concerned friend is probably one of the stupid , clueless idiots who buys this fake crap and then swears its real....so they're upset now because their fashion connection is going away.
if you are so "concerned", why don't you utilize the tip line and help the sheriff?
you could turn in a dealer or two...start with your cousin.
and last but not least-jaywalking is a crime. why? it's because some cockeyed, in-bred fool (shoe fit?) will walk out in front of a 3000 lb car to their demise, and relatives crawl out of the woodwork to sue some poor driver , who should have received a medal and 5 points for hitting you.
i'm in an ill humor and in no mood for police bashing.

bestprice
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bestprice 08/14/07 - 02:33 pm
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why do peoples sells those

why do peoples sells those fake clothes?

bestprice
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bestprice 08/14/07 - 02:37 pm
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Seven sounds like a

Seven sounds like a HATER!!!!!!!!!

Howell2007
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Howell2007 08/14/07 - 05:13 pm
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First of all, where do I

First of all, where do I start? What exactly is a flea market: A flea market is defined as: An open-air market that sells cheap, old or used articles. My question is with that being the case.. Why would consumers shop at a flea market for brand named items anyway? Where the outlets and the malls closed? So, as far as I'm concerned no deception of any kind
as far as the consumers or customers go is implied. After all, you were shopping at a second hand store in the first damn place. My point is people we know exactly what to except when we shop at these places. Can you seriously find a 2007 Mercedes at a Yugo Dealer? Come on people...
I seriously can't see where anyone to include the customers felt that any of their purchases made at a flea market were anything more than a knock off of some kind whether the knock off was given on the price or quality of product. So, I really have a problem with MS. marketvendor comment... If your feelings and business you feel are taken away by what you determined as unlicensed vendors then take your [filtered word] to the mall then and sell your licensed products with the rest of the licensed inviduals there. You are at a second hand store selling

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