Those shoes, shirts and jeans that filled a Hillsborough County man’s van on a Fort Pierce street corner the morning of Feb. 8 were not what they seemed, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
Instead, John St. Felix, 33, of Riverview, was selling goods with counterfeit designs and labels intended to look like brand-name merchandise, Sheriff Mascara said.
“Our detectives have charged Mr. Felix with selling goods with counterfeit trademarks, which is a felony, and the felony of carrying a concealed weapon when deputies found a switchblade knife hidden in the van,” said Sheriff Mascara. Felix was jailed under $5,500 bond.
Detectives confiscated the phony merchandise and the van.
Deputies spotted Felix at 17th Street and Avenue D in Fort Pierce haggling with passersby over prices for the fake designer brand merchandise known as “knockoffs.” The phony Nike, Izod and other non-brand name merchandise could have fetched prices totaling more than $20,000, detectives said.
“It’s against the law to sell this merchandise, and Mr. Felix knows he wasn’t selling designer- brand merchandise from the back of his van on street corners,” said Sheriff Mascara.
In October 2005, detectives seized hundreds of “knockoff” items from several convenience stores in the county including 391 pairs of “Oakey” sunglasses that were obvious knockoffs of “Oakley” sunglasses.