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Officials find counterfeit jewelry at Charleston Market

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - If you bought name brand jewelry at the Charleston Market recently, you may have bought counterfeits.

Thursday, officers confiscated about $112,750 in counterfeit jewelry. Ebony M. Hiott Dawkins of  Charleston and Yuet Lin Wong of North Charleston were charged with trafficking in counterfeit merchandise.

The counterfeit jewelry - including earrings, necklaces, bracelets and charms - were knockoffs of Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Christian Dior, Tiffany & Co., Warner Brothers, and Disney. 

The Secretary of State's Office received information from the City of Charleston concerning possible counterfeit goods at the Charleston Market. They worked with the Charleston Police Department to shut down Booth 53 co-owned by Eliose Mikell and her daughter Ebony M. Hiott Dawkins, and Booth 41 operated by Wong, a temporary vendor. 

The counterfeit items will remain in storage while the Police Department awaits a court order to destroy them.

The arrested women may face fines up to $25,000 and/or five years in prison. Subsequent offenses may result in fines up to $50,000 and ten years in prison. Trafficking of counterfeit goods valued between $10,000 up to $50,000 is a felony with a fine up to $20,000 and five years in jail or both. This legislation was a result of the joint efforts of law enforcement and the Secretary of State's Office. 

For more information regarding trademark violations or to register a mark, contact Secretary of State Mark Hammond's office at (803) 734-2170.

Posted by Chantelle Janelle

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