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Counterfeit merchandise taken from Longview vendors

Released by the Longview Police Department:

On January 5, 2010, Longview Officers seized numerous counterfeit items from a resale shop that would have been worth approximately $510,000.00 in manufacturer suggested retail prices if the items had been authentic.

The shop, located in the 3000 block of Gilmer Road, had counterfeit purses, sunglasses and jewelry for sale at a fraction of the price of the actual authentic items. The counterfeit items were seized and the owner of the shop was listed as a suspect in an offense report to be filed with the Gregg County District Attorney's Office.

On January 11, 2010 Longview Officers seized additional counterfeit items from nine different kiosks at the Longview Mall at 3500 McCann Road. The items, consisting of clothing, cell phone covers and jewelry, were priced for sale for a total of $24,582.67 by the kiosk operators. Had these items been sold by the actual trademark holders for the suggested manufacturer retail price, the value would have been approximately 2.4 million dollars.

The Longview Police Department initiated these investigations after receiving complaints from an investigative firm that represents trademark owners that are frequently counterfeited.

For further information, please contact Officer Kristie Brian at 903-720-6795.

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