ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The owner of a flea market in Pagedale has been indicted in what federal officials are calling one of the largest seizures of counterfeit items in St. Louis history.
Jack Frison, Sr., 64, owns Frison Flea Market on Saint Charles Rock Road. According to the indictment, Frison knew that many of the vendors at his flea market were selling counterfeit goods and allowed them to continue doing so.
“This is one of the largest seizures of counterfeit goods in St. Louis history,” Dean C. Bryant, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI St. Louis Division, said in a press release. “In addition to the monetary harm caused by illegal sales, items such as counterfeit perfume can pose a significant public health risk when hazardous materials are used to manufacture such products.”
Frison faces one felony count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, one felony count of aiding and abetting copyright infringement, and one felony count of trafficking counterfeit goods. He turned himself in to authorities Thursday.
“This type of crime takes jobs from Americans, introduces cheap and sometimes dangerous products into the marketplace, and oftentimes funds criminal organizations,” Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations Chicago Gary Hartwig said.
According to federal authorities, the counterfeit items ranged from clothing, footwear and purses to movie DVDs and music CDs.
If convicted, Frison faces more than a decade in prison and millions of dollars in fines.