Frederick L. Bartlett
(photo Kershaw Co. Sheriffs Dept)
Elgin, SC (WLTX) - An Elgin man has been arrested and charged with "trafficking in counterfeit trademarks in excess of $50,000" , according to Sheriff Jim Matthews.
Acting on information received from the Tennessee Attorney General's Office, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office investigators seized $342,000.00 worth of counterfeit trademark logos from a home and arrested 65-year-old Frederick L. Bartlett.
In January 2013 investigators with the Tennessee Attorney General's Office conducted a raid on a business in Gatlinburg, TN and seized a very large quantity of shirts and other sports memorabilia bearing counterfeit logos.
Information obtained following the search warrant pointed to a business in Elgin, Matthews said.
Tennessee investigators contacted the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office and related that information to investigators.
On March 5, 2013 Kershaw County investigators and investigators with the SC Department of State executed a search warrant for Bartlett's home.
Investigators say they seized $1336 in money, 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 they say could be used in the application of these logos to sportswear.
Bartlett was arrested Wendesday.
If convicted on the charge of trafficking in counterfeit trademarks in excess of $50,000" he faces a fine of not less than $10,000.00 and/or up to 5 years in prison.
"Monster Energy, Fox Sports and Hollister are quite happy that Bartlett's operation has been shut down. 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, " said Sheriff Matthews.