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KCSO seizes $342,000 worth of counterfeit items

Elgin man arrested

Posted: March 7, 2013 6:10 p.m.
Updated: March 8, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Acting on information received from the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) investigators seized $342,000 worth of counterfeit trademark logos from a county residence and arrested Frederick L. Bartlett, 65, of Elgin.

According to a KCSO press release, investigators with the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office conducted a raid on a business in Gatlinburg, Tenn., in January and seized a very large quantity of shirts and other sports memorabilia bearing counterfeit logos. Information obtained from that raid pointed to an Elgin business operated by Bartlett. Tennessee investigators contacted the KCSO and related that information to Kershaw County investigators.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said his investigators were able to obtain a search warrant for Bartlett’s residence located on Barfield Road. Tuesday, they S.C. Department of State investigators executed the search warrant for Bartlett’s home.

Among the items investigators seized:

• $1,336 cash;

• a 2003 Ford van;

• approximately 4,500 counterfeit Monster Energy heat transfer logos;

• 2,500 counterfeit Hollister heat transfer logos;

• 4,600 Harley Davidson counterfeit heat transfer logos;

• 2,000 counterfeit NCAA heat transfer logos from different colleges and universities; and

• a handful of assorted other counterfeit heat transfer logos.

Investigators also seized machinery used in the application of these logos to sportswear.

Wednesday, KCSO investigators obtained an arrest warrant for and arrested Bartlett, placing him in the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) pending a bond hearing. Online KCDC and court records indicate Bartlett was released later on Wednesday after posting a $10,000 cash surety bond.

Bartlett has no prior arrest record beyond a 1994 seatbelt violation. If convicted on the charge of “trafficking in counterfeit trademarks in excess of $50,000,” he faces a fine of no less than $10,000.00 and/or up to five years in prison.

“Monster Energy, Fox Sports and Hollister are quite happy that Bartlett’s operation has been shut down,” Matthews said. “Our officers are attempting to notify the NCAA to advise them of this operation. This is another great example of law enforcement agencies working well together, even across state lines.”

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