Spartanburg couple busted in counterfeit sting

Spartanburg couple busted in counterfeit sting

Jessica Means Williams and Ricky Lamont Williams of 1050 Hunt Club Lane were charged with distribution of counterfeit goods and illegal distribution of recordings.Investigators said they seized more than $10,000 of merchandise, including DVDs and fake handbags from the couple’s Hunt Club apartment. Officers confiscated knockoffs of several highly popular brands, including Coach, Dooney Bourke, Jimmy Choo, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Prada and the Motion Picture Association of America.”The Internet, while a wonderful tool in most respects, is giving criminals a farther reach, without them having to leave the safety of their residence,” Secretary of State Mark Hammond said. “Counterfeiting in this manner is still illegal,
Spartanburg couple busted in counterfeit sting
and purchasing counterfeit products supports illegal activity.”Secretary of State spokeswoman Renee Daggerhart said the couple were monitored online for about one to two weeks before their arrests, which were part of the office’s statewide effort to keep an eye on illegal activity via Craigslist.The popular forum allows users to post free online classified ads and has sections devoted to jobs, housing, personal ads, for sale, services, community, gigs, resumes and other discussion forums. It has been scrutinized by law enforcement for its lax regulations and controversial sex ads.Hammond commended the efforts of local law enforcement officials for becoming more “sophisticated” in protecting intellectual property rights and state residents.He said this was his office’s first case involving Craigslist, but it might not be the last.”I believe it’s a responsibility of our office to protect intellectual property, and that’s why we fought to make the statute tougher a few years ago,” Hammond said.”We’re excited about this case. I believe we’re sending a message to those out there who believe Craigslist and other sites offer them more protection to conduct illegal activity. That’s not the case anymore,” Hammond added.Spartanburg Public Safety Director Tony Fisher said law enforcement must continue to be technologically savvy and collaborate with other agencies in order to crack down on criminals who are finding ways to sidestep conventional policing methods.”These cases continue to suggest the need for greater sophistication and technological competence on the part of state and local law enforcement,
Spartanburg couple busted in counterfeit sting
” Fisher said in a statement. “It is the cooperative efforts in working together to foil these economic crimes that we are able to realize some degree of success.”