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PAGELAND – Six merchants were arrested for the distribution of counterfeit items Sunday, Dec. 2, in what proved to be a busy day at the Mount Croghan Flea Market.
The search was headed by Doug Renew of the Secretary of State Office, assisted by Cpl. Joseph Carnes, Sgt. Stuart Robinson and Sgt. Spence Vaughn of the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department.
The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by the Secretary of State Office about complaints from investigators with clothing companies Nike and Northface regarding sales at the flea market, Vaughn said.
“We really didn’t know until we got involved with the Secretary of State Office that this was going on. It was just assumed that they were selling seconds until they were verified,” Vaughn said.
On the morning of Dec. 2, deputies seized the items and arrested the following people:
• James Earl Ferguson, 66, of Red Springs, N.C., for selling counterfeit Ugg, Timberland, Nike, Casio and NFL products
• William Antoine Thipen, 48, of Charlotte, for selling counterfeit DVDs and music CDs
• Chadwick Daniel Marsh, 31, of Chesterfield, for selling counterfeit DVDs and music CDs
• Robert Lee Shivers, 55, 103 N. Gregory St., Lancaster, for selling counterfeit watches and sunglasses
• Wiliam Perry McGuinn, 41, of Cheraw, for selling counterfeit DVDs and music CDs
• Chandler Spencer, 50, of Hartsville, for selling counterfeit DVDs
The estimated worth of the confiscated counterfeit items is slightly more than $88,000.
The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department is planning to crack down on the sale of counterfeit materials.
“Naturally, we know what to look for now when comparing real and fake items. We’ve made some good contacts with investigators, so we’ll have an avenue to confirm our suspicions,” Vaughn said. “We’re really going to stay on top of it now that we know.”