Wagon Wheel vendor accused of selling illegal designer knock-offs

PINELLAS PARK — A weeks-long investigation into the sale of counterfeit merchandise culminated Sunday with the arrest of a Wagon Wheel Flea Market vendor who authorities said was selling illegal knock-offs he claimed were Fendi, Prada, Versace or other high-end brands.

Richard Levy, 72, of Pinellas Park faces charges of forging or counterfeiting private labels and offering for sale counterfeit items, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

The investigation was launched in early November after the Sheriff's Office heard allegations that fake designer merchandise was being sold at the flea market, which is at 7801 Park Blvd. in Pinellas Park.

Investigators determined that Levy was selling counterfeit merchandise under names including Fendi, Hermes, Prada, Oakley, Ray-Ban, Michael Kors and Versace. The Sheriff's Office said that about 800 items were confiscated Sunday.

Additional charges are possible, the agency said.

Wagon Wheel vendor accused of selling illegal designer knock-offs 12/15/13 [Last modified: Sunday, December 15, 2013 5:53pm]

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