ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A federal grand jury indicted a local flea market operator on federal fraud charges, US Attorney Richard Callahan said Thursday.
According to the indictment, Jack Frison Sr. faces multiple charges relating to his alleged involvement in the sale of counterfeit goods and DVDs. Frison knew that the goods were counterfeit but allowed them to be sold anyway.
Frison, 64, owns the Frison Flea Market on St. Charles Rock Road, a market that rents booths to various sellers, some of which, according to charges, sold counterfeit merchandise. The counterfeit goods included clothing, footwear, purses, accessories, movie DVDs and music CDs. Some of the merchandise bore markings of high-end sellers like Coach, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana while being sold at such a price and quality making it obvious that they were counterfeit.
"This is one of the largest seizures of counterfeit goods in St. Louis history," said Dean C. Bryant, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI St. Louis Division.
Frison, a Town and Country resident, was indicted on 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. The indictment was returned June 12th, but remained sealed until the defendant turned himself in to authorities on Thursday.
If convicted, the conspiracy and copyright infringement charges each carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000; trafficking in counterfeit goods carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and/or fines up to $2,000,000.