Hinds County authorities caught two men on Thursday attempting to sell blocks of wood and binders filled with paper by passing them off as laptop computers and cameras. The two men, Eddie Handford, 45, and Frank Hamilton, 54, were caught at the Mississippi Fairgrounds in Jackson. They were offering for sale the fake laptops and cameras contained boxes, complete with Toshiba labels, to an off-duty trooper when they were arrested.
The two are being charged with trademark infringement and two counts of illegal sale of goods bearing counterfeit labels, each count of which carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail and $10,000 in fines.
WLBT-tv quoted Lt. Jeffery Scott, public information officer with the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department, saying, “by the time you take it and get it home, you find you’ve purchased a block of wood, you may as well throw it in the fireplace. It’s no good.”
The two men are now being held at the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond. As of yet no bond has been set.
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