(Etowah County, Alabama) A business owner has been arrested and charged in connection to selling counterfeit items, according to Sheriff Todd Entrekin.
“Hoa Tran, 43, of Glencoe, was arrested Monday, January 13, and charged with one count of theft of trademark/trade secret,” says Investigator Josh Morgan.
Tran was allegedly selling counterfeit Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton and Tory Burch purses inside his business, Quick Nails, in East Gadsden. One-hundred and fourteen items were seized, which included counterfeit handbags and wallets.
The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip from a citizen that counterfeit items were being sold. An undercover investigator went into the store and purchased a handbag. A search warrant was then obtained and executed at the business.
Since November 2013, fourteen individuals have been arrested in Etowah County for selling counterfeit items.
“My office will continue to seek out and arrest those who are selling fake purses, jackets, cell phone cases and whatever else may be out there to make a profit,” says Sheriff Entrekin.
He continues, “If people don’t realize by now, after fourteen arrests, that we will seize the property and charge them, they will find out when we come knocking on their door.”
Tran was booked into the Etowah County Detention Center and later released on $2,500 property bond.
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