TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Four people have been arrested in Tifton in a counterfeit ring worth more than $680,000.
Fake designer clothing and accessories along with CD's and DVD's were seized from four stores: Bridal & Gift Gallery, GQ Fashions, Swagger-Urban Wear, and Classy 89.
Investigators from the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force charged store owners Betty Jean Manaugh, Algernon Parson, Brian Campbell, and Feras Al-Shalabe with possession with intent to sell counterfeit merchandise.
Legitimate stores in the Tifton area complained to authorities and sparked the investigation.
"The legitimate merchants in town had filed complaints with company representatives about the counterfeit merchandise being sold actually the companies had sent out investigators to the various stores where they purchased some of the items in question by doing this the confirmed the items were counterfeit," said Major Jeff Youngblood of the Mid-South Task Force.
The Recording Industry Association of America told investigators the amount of CD's seized from Classy 89 was the largest bust they've made outside of Metro-Atlanta.