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Store closed, owner charged with selling counterfeit items

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The door to the Swagg Up store in Senatobia remains locked after the business was raided. The door to the Swagg Up store in Senatobia remains locked after the business was raided.
Clothing, accessories, and fragrances were sold to the public, but investigators say many of the items were fake. Clothing, accessories, and fragrances were sold to the public, but investigators say many of the items were fake.
Owner Rocola Griffin was arrested. Owner Rocola Griffin was arrested.
SENATOBIA, MS -

(WMC-TV) - The door to the Swagg Up store in Senatobia remains locked after the business was raided. Clothing, accessories, and fragrances were sold to the public, but investigators say many of the items were fake.

Many people are angry after thinking they got some great deals and finding out they may have been fake.

"She needs to give my money back, all my money back," said Mark Irby, who bought a pair of Nike Air Force shoes from Swagg Up. "The price that she had, I paid $40 for them. They're $90 in the store."

On Thursday, investigators raided the Senatobia store and stuffed a trailer full of suspected counterfeit items.

Owner Rocola Griffin was arrested.

Irby said you could find just about anything at the store for dirt cheap.

Susan Rippee says her sixth grade son always begged to go inside.

"Of course, I was hearing, 'All my friends are buying from this store,'" she said.

Rippee is glad she kept her family out after hearing about the arrest, despite having a few friends that reported getting "great deals."

"They usually are too good to be true whenever it's that cheap," she added.

That advice is echoed by the attorney general's office with the busy shopping months ahead.

Consumers should look for licensing, copyright, and trademark information on the packaging. Avoid items with incomplete or torn packaging and be weary of cash-only sellers. Make sure logos are properly attached to products.

Irby hopes others will heed the warnings before they walk out of the store like he did.

"It was too late because you know they don't exchange," he said.

Action News 5 was unable to reach Griffin for comment. She is charged with the sale of counterfeit products, but is out on a $10,000 bond for that charge.

Here are some quick tips to help you spot a knock-off item:

- Is the product priced substantially below retail?

- Does the product appear to be of poor quality?

- Is the product packaging incomplete, torn, or otherwise suspicious?

- Is the licensing, copyright and trademark information missing from the packaging?

- Does the packaging have typographical errors or inconsistencies in the graphics/printing?

- Is the product sold at a reputable retailer?

- Is the seller using suspicious sales practices?

- Does the seller accept payments in cash only?

- Are the logos properly attached to the products?

For more information, click here: http://mipcc.ago.state.ms.us

For more information about how to detect a counterfeit item and the dangers behind purchasing them, click here: http://ftpcontent4.worldnow.com/wmctv/counterfeitguide.pdf

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