Secretary of State, Columbia Police Confiscate Approximately $300,000 in Counterfeit Clothing at Evolution Designer Apparel
Agents with the South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office and the Columbia Police Department partnered to conduct a sting in Columbia on January 26, 2011, that resulted in the confiscation of $ 301,100 in counterfeit clothing. Jessica Freitas Norris was charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods at Evolution Designer Apparel of Dutch Square Mall. As the owner of Evolution Designer Apparel, Norris may face a fine up to $ 25,000 and/ or five years in prison.
The counterfeit merchandise included coats, jackets, jeans, shirts, sweat suits, and watches bearing counterfeit marks from several well–known companies. Companies misrepresented were Casio, COOGI, Ed Hardy, Evisu, Gucci, LRG, Ralph Lauren, and Red Monkey. The counterfeit items will remain in storage while the Columbia Police Department awaits a court order to destroy them.
“The sale of counterfeit merchandise hurts manufacturers, retailers, and the economy,” said Secretary of State Mark Hammond. “ I offer my thanks to law enforcement in protecting intellectual property rights and commend the public for not being afraid to speak out when they see inappropriate pricing on so– called designer goods. ”
For more information regarding trademark violations, contact Secretary of State Mark Hammond’s office at (803) 734- 2170.