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Man accused of trafficking in counterfeit items

Frederick Bartlett (Source: Kershaw County Detention Center) Frederick Bartlett (Source: Kershaw County Detention Center)

If you purchased something with a brand-name logo on it recently, it may be counterfeit.

Kershaw County Sheriff's deputies arrested 65-year-old Frederick Bartlett of Elgin on a charge of trafficking in counterfeit trademarks Wednesday after a warrant was signed for his arrest.

Deputies say they seized $342,000 worth of counterfeit goods at his home. Among the trademarked logos on the goods: Monster Energy, Hollister, Harley-Davidson, Nike, Browning, Dodge, Ford, Chevy and various NCAA teams.

"He was putting Great Smokey Mountains, Pigeon Forge with the Browning symbol, which is a patented trademark, which is clearly illegal," said Jamey Jones with the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office.

The tip came from the Tennessee Attorney General after they found shipping labels at Bargain World in Gatlinburg that pointed them to Bartlett in Elgin. Investigators are asking stores who may have been buying from Bartlett to come forward.

Deputies say Bartlett was also heat pressing thousands of college and university logos on tee-shirts, sweatshirts, and pants.

"As you can see here the tags were cut, so he was buying them at a low, low cost," said Jones.

In turn, selling them at the same price for real NCAA-licensed merchandise.  Investigators found more Monster and Harley Davidson counterfeits than anything else, leaving the local dealership down the road stunned.

"We were really surprised to find out it was in our backyard but it was products likely like ours," said lead Motorclothes Consultant Trayci Brazell.

Harley Davidson recently took steps so customers can tell a fake from genuine Harley gear.

"You want to make sure that you've got that sticker on the bottom of that merchandise to show you have licensed merchandise," she said.

Tee-shirts from licensed distributors say so on two tags.

"The tag says Harley Davidson," said Brazell. "On the tag it will say manufactured by which licensee under license from Harley Davidson Motor Company."

It's not the corporation that is hurt when counterfeits goods are bought.

"So this local business and this local person who was selling products we sell was talking right from a local business owner who own and hires people right here in this town," said Brazell.

"Come forward to tell us, 'You know, hey, we have dealt with this guy and we have this in our stores,'" said Jones.

Kershaw County investigators arrested Bartlett on March 6 and placed him in the Kershaw County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

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