BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Office of the Louisiana Attorney General reported a man with knock-off items worth more than $100,000 he was trying to sell at a flea market was arrested Wednesday.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said Cheikh Kane, 40, of Baton Rouge, is accused of illegally selling knock-off handbags, wallets, watches, bracelets, sunglasses, backpacks and boots. He is charged with illegal use of counterfeit trademark.
Investigators said they seized 1,393 pieces of merchandise worth almost $114,000. They added the items had counterfeit trademarks from brands such as Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Coach, Chanel, Rolex, North Face and UGG.
"The sale of counterfeit products harms the businesses that manufacture trademarked products and the consumers who assume they are buying legitimate, name-brand goods," Caldwell said. "Our investigators will continue to take action against those who undermine the consumer marketplace through counterfeiting."
If convicted, Kane could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Caldwell added the US Department of Homeland Security Investigations/Immigration and Customs Enforcement assisted in the investigation and arrest.