Orangeburg, SC (WLTX) Three men were arrested for selling counterfeit goods over the past two weekends at the Springfield Flea Market on Neeses Highway in Springfield.
"On Saturday, September 15, a joint investigation by the Sheriff's Office, South Carolina Secretary of State and Blazer Investigations at the Springfield Flea Market resulted in the arrest of Charles Earl Fields, 68 of North. Investigators confiscated 816 movie DVDs from a both being rented by Fields," said Orangeburg Sheriff Leroy Ravenell. Total value of the seized items was $16,320.00.
Officers also located $500 in counterfeit sneakers, three pairs of Nike AF-1 and two pairs of Jordans, on an abandoned table at the rear of the market.
On Sunday, September 23, officers went to the Orangeburg Flea Market and arrested one man with counterfeit merchandise and another with counterfeit goods and exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
According to police, Djiby Ndiaye was arrested with approximately $50,000 in counterfeit items and officers seized $20,000 in counterfeit merchandise from Charles Will Hamilton Jr.
Hamilton was also charged, according to police, with exploitation of a vulnerable adult, an individual with Alzheimer's that Hamilton had working to sell the merchandise.
"Copyright and trademark infringement are often seen as victimless crimes, "said Ravenell, "but the state of South Carolina hurts when we do not receive the fees and taxes from items being sold in this state."