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Police: 5 men accused of selling counterfeit merchandise

Abdoulaye Marouba, Abdoulaye Niang, Amadou Ba, Deo Kagoma, and Mansour Gangue were arrested and charged with criminal simulation. (Photo Source: SCSO) Abdoulaye Marouba, Abdoulaye Niang, Amadou Ba, Deo Kagoma, and Mansour Gangue were arrested and charged with criminal simulation. (Photo Source: SCSO)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Investigators say five men were selling counterfeit purses and sunglasses at the Lamar Flea Market.

Abdoulaye Marouba, Abdoulaye Niang, Amadou Ba, Deo Kagoma, and Mansour Gangue were arrested and charged with criminal simulation. Criminal simulation is defined as trying to pass something off as more valuable than it really is.

In all, investigators seized more than $22,000 worth of merchandise.

An undercover agent bought a fake Michael Kors purse for $35 and fake Ray-Ban sunglasses for $5.

The agent even saw one of the men attach a Michael Kors logo onto a generic purse before selling it.

Counterfeit merchandise experts say there are three things to help spot a fake.

  • Price; If the price is too good to be true, the item is more than likely a knockoff .
  • Quality; Check the stitching, it may appear shoddy and crooked.
  • Location; Big, quality trademarks are only sold in upper-end department stores, not side streets.

The five men charged with selling the fake merchandise are out of jail on a $3,000 bond each. They face a judge Monday morning.

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