Chesterfield Couple Charged In Counterfeit Clothing

November 23, 2007

(AP) A federal grand jury has indicted a Chesterfield County couple on charges of trafficking in counterfeit clothing.

Luis Thomas and his wife, Maria Thomas, were originally charged
by Chesterfield police. Chesterfield prosecutor Ben Garrison says
those charges were dropped in favor of the superseding federal

The Thomases are accused of peddling knockoff sporting apparel including bogus Nike tennis shoes and NFL and NBA jerseys, from their two former businesses. Court papers show that Richmond police seized several thousand items with an estimated retail value of about $1.2 million.

Defense attorney John Russell Junior says the Thomases had no idea they were doing anything that could result in these kinds of criminal charges.

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