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Wins $5M Judgment Against Flea Market Owner

Memphis) A major manufacturer of designer goods wins a huge case against a Mid-South man.

A federal jury has returned a $5 million judgment against Memphis businessman, Fred Goodfellow, for selling fake purses. The 3rd Street Flea Market is trashed. It was shut down after it was raided by officers and now the man who owns the property has to pay big for what he allowed vendors to sell there, fake Coach purses and other items with the company’s name on it.

The owner is Fred Goodfellow of Marion, Arkansas.

An undercover private investigator told the on your side investigators just two weeks ago how he helps companies like Coach find counterfeit goods and he talked about the consequences.

He said, “There is an excellent possibility that if you’re caught, you’re going to be charged criminally and more and more these civil prosecutions are coming in also.”

The jury’s huge judgment of $5 million against Goodfellow could send messages to other business owners the manufacturers of these luxury items are “for real” when it comes to going after “the fakes”.

The On Your Side Investigators went to Goodfellow’s home to ask if he’ll be able to pay Coach the money they were awarded. Goodfellow said, “Ma’am you know I don’t have $5 million”.

The vendors who sold the items at booths they rented from Goodfellow at the flea market are also being sued by Coach. Those cases are still pending.


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Department Of Justice Seizes More Than $896,000 In Proceeds From The Online Sale Of Counterfeit Sports Apparel

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice has seized more than $896,000 in proceeds from the distribution of counterfeit sports apparel and jerseys as the result of an investigation into the sale of counterfeit goods on commercial websites, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Ronald C. Machen Jr., U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia; and John Morton, Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The investigation also resulted in the seizure of seven domain names engaged in the sale of counterfeit goods. The funds were seized from interbank accounts and three PayPal accounts. The seizure warrants were unsealed in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia on April 5, 2012.

The investigation is a product of Operation In Our Sites, a law enforcement initiative targeting online commercial intellectual property crime announced by ICE’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in June 2010. Operation In Our Sites targeted online retailers of a diverse array of counterfeit goods, including sports equipment, shoes, handbags, athletic apparel, sunglasses and DVD boxed sets. To date, 758 domain names of websites engaged in the sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and illegal copyrighted works have been seized as a result of Operation In Our Sites.

According to court documents, investigation by federal law enforcement agents revealed that several subjects whose domain names had been seized in a November 2010 In Our Sites operation continued to sell counterfeit goods using new domain names. In particular, the individuals, based in China, sold counterfeit professional and collegiate sports apparel, primarily counterfeit sports jerseys. Law enforcement agents made numerous undercover purchases from the websites associated with the new domain names. After the goods were confirmed to be counterfeit or infringing, seizure warrants for seven domain names used to sell the infringing goods were obtained from a U.S. Magistrate Judge in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

According to court documents, the individuals conducted sales and processed payments for the counterfeit goods using PayPal Private Ltd. accounts and then wired their proceeds to bank accounts held at Chinese banks. Under warrants issued by a U.S. District Judge, law enforcement agents seized $826,883 in proceeds that had been transferred from PayPal accounts to various bank accounts in China. The funds were seized from correspondent, or interbank, accounts held by the Chinese banks in the United States. Under additional seizure warrants issued by a U.S. Magistrate Judge, law enforcement agents also seized $69,504 in funds remaining in three PayPal accounts used by the subjects.


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More than $1.5M in proceeds seized from online sale of counterfeit sports apparel manufactured in China

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Justice seized more than $1.5 million in proceeds from the distribution of counterfeit sports apparel and jerseys, following an investigation into the sale of counterfeit goods on commercial websites conducted by the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), which is led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

The developments are the latest result of Operation In Our Sites, a law enforcement initiative targeting online commercial intellectual property crime announced by HSI in June 2010. Operation In Our Sites targeted online retailers of a diverse array of counterfeit goods, including sports equipment, shoes, handbags, athletic apparel, sunglasses and DVD boxed sets. To date, 761 domain names of websites used in the sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and illegal copyrighted works have been seized as a result of Operation In Our Sites.

"ICE will continue to target those who traffic in counterfeit goods by attacking the financial profits of counterfeiting sites and shutting them down," said ICE Director Morton. "Operation In Our Sites and the tireless work of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center protect consumers from fraud on the Internet and combat intellectual property theft which exacts a toll on our economy and industries."

Last month, more than $896,000 in proceeds from the sale of counterfeit sports apparel on commercial websites was seized as part of Operation In Our Sites. According to court documents, investigation by federal law enforcement officers revealed that subjects whose domain names had been seized in a November 2010 In Our Sites operation continued to sell counterfeit goods using new domain names. In particular, the individuals, based in China, sold counterfeit professional and collegiate sports apparel, primarily counterfeit sports jerseys. Law enforcement officers made numerous undercover purchases from the websites associated with the new domain names. After the goods were confirmed to be counterfeit or infringing, seizure warrants for three domain names used to sell the infringing goods were obtained from a U.S. magistrate judge in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.


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