$50,000 in fake designer purses seized at Fort Mill flea market; 2 arrested

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comApril 1, 2014 

— The York County Sheriff's Office arrested two people on Tuesday charged in a scheme to sell counterfeit designer purses and wallets at a flea market in Fort Mill.

The suspects, Andoh Agyemang, 41, and Josephine Sayma Keah, 34, both of Charlotte, are charged with trademarks/trafficking in counterfeit marks, goods or services valued at $50,000 or more, according to the sheriff's office.

An investigation into the pair and their bags began after a detective with the sheriff's office found the bags at the Barnyard Flea Market and asked investigators with the Secretary of State's to check them to see if they were counterfeit once they were seized, said sheriff's office spokesperson Trent Faris.

On Monday, detectives seized 97 bags knock-offs of Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Coach, Gucci, Chanel and Hermes items at the Barnyard Flea Market. The retail price for some bags, if not counterfeit, would have been valued from $250 to $2,000, Faris said.

"They look like any normal bag," he said of the counterfeit goods, although a trained eye can spot telling signs a bag isn't the real deal.

The number of incidents of businesses and individuals selling counterfeit goods in York County has increased recently, Faris said. In the last few months, the sheriff's office has investigated two different cases of counterfeit Otterbox phone cases and one case with counterfeit NFL jerseys, in addition to this incident with the purses and wallets.

Shoppers need to be careful, Faris said.

"If you're getting a Louis Vuitton bag for $40 at a flea market, you should probably think about that," he said.

Anyone who suspects a person is selling counterfeit goods should report it to the sheriff's office.

The seized bags from the flea market will be turned over to the secretary of state's office, where they will probably be destroyed.

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