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Pinellas deputies confiscate bogus designer merchandise from flea market

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These handbags were among the items confiscated by deputies on Sunday from a Pinellas Park flea market. These handbags were among the items confiscated by deputies on Sunday from a Pinellas Park flea market.
The vendor told customers these purses were designer made but they are not. Richard Levy is now facing charges. The vendor told customers these purses were designer made but they are not. Richard Levy is now facing charges.
PINELLAS PARK, FL (WFLA) -

A 72-year-old man is facing a variety of charges stemming from the sale of counterfeit items at the Wagon Wheel Flea Market in Pinellas Park.

Approximately 800 items were confiscated from the booth of Richard Levy Sunday. He is facing forging or counterfeiting a private labels charge.

According to a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office report detectives began investigating activity at the Wagon Wheel Flea Market in the 7800 block of Park Blvd. last month after receiving several complaints from the public.

Investigators say Levy was selling a variety of items with designer labels that weren’t authentic. Among the bogus merchandise – Oakley and Ray Ban sunglasses, Prada purses and Hermes watches.

After a lengthy investigation it was determined that Levy knowingly possessed and sold the counterfeit items. The estimated value of the property taken on Sunday – approximately $50,000.

Detectives with PCSO’s Intelligence, Economic Crimes and Community Policing Units took part in the month-long investigation. Officials with the Department of Homeland Security also played a role in the operation.

Additional charges may be filed against Levy as the investigation continues.

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