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Flea market vendors charged with selling fake, pirated goods

Posted September 28, 2011

— Seven vendors at Watson's Flea Market in Raleigh face charges that they sold knockoff and pirated goods, the North Carolina Secretary of State's Office announced Wednesday.

Investigators said they believe the seven sold counterfeit designer shoes and clothes and pirated music and movies, worth an estimated $932,883, at the flea market on Rock Quarry Road.

Thierno Mamadou Diouf, 45, of Raleigh, Njeri Lavar Royster, 18, of Raleigh, Kara Mbye, 50, of Franklinton, and Darryl Seth Tillery, 17, of Clayton, were charged with felony criminal use of a counterfeit trademark.

Moises Sanchez, 20, of Turkey, James Antonio Jerod Banks, 19, of Raleigh, and Trevon Will Scott, 17, of Raleigh, face a charge of unauthorized use and possession of sound recordings.

"There is an increasing awareness that these are not victimless crimes and that they do in many cases even have ties to organized crime," Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall said in a statement Wednesday. "The same criminal pipelines that bring in fake designer clothes and pirated movies can then also bring in knock-off electrical extension cords that can present a deadly fire hazard in your home, not to mention illegal drugs, weapons and even human trafficking."

The Secretary of State's Office, Raleigh police and companies' private investigators conducted the investigation.

In May, a similar raid netted four arrests as agents seized a variety of counterfeit items bearing brand names and logos. The raid prompted high-end designed Coach Inc. to sue Watson's Flea Market for $2 million in damages. According to the lawsuit, 343 counterfeit Coach handbags, wallets and other items were confiscated from vendors during the May raid.


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  • robnw79 Sep 29, 2011

    Investigators said they believe the seven sold counterfeit designer shoes and clothes and pirated music and movies, worth an estimated $932,883, at the flea market on Rock Quarry Road.

    This had to take a lot of time. Every flea market that I've ever gone to sells conterfeit material. Maybe this is the state's way of getting their cut (by any means necessary). Counterfeiters should give the state its fair cut. Problem solved.

  • diamondintherough Sep 28, 2011

    I have been to several flea markets from Wilmington to Raleigh and they all sell fake and pirated goods, this is nothing new. You can walk through a flea market and see all of this stuff hanging and sitting in your face. What gets me is that police officers patrol the flea markets.

  • harmstrong4 Sep 28, 2011

    Hotshot: they left off the .32cents. lol

  • NCAries Sep 28, 2011

    Some also support terriost, drugs, human trafficing etc.

    Our government calls them friends until they decide they are terrorist and need to be killed...noone knows what they are really paying for when they pay taxes...please.

  • NCAries Sep 28, 2011

    how does one tell the differance between organized crime and government crime?

    One doesn't--

    because they are one in the same.

  • jsok123 Sep 28, 2011

    A little of New York City down here, love it. Where are the soft pretzels sold?

  • imsosorry Sep 28, 2011

    I really did buy 1 purse from that place and it fell apart in like 3 days, so now I buy from the outlet, there a knock off Coach was 45.00 I can get a real one for 120.00 at the Coach store if I wait for the sale and it lasts a lot longer. I do love my Coach bags though.

  • HotShot Sep 28, 2011

    Seriously ??? They sold $932,000 worth of merchandise from the flea market ?? I seriously doubt it! would love to know how they came up with that number !?!

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Sep 28, 2011

    Dont worry Bushs "Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act" worked! LOL

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Sep 28, 2011

    I can afford a thousand dollar purse or pair of shoes.

    What shoes are a $1000?