Chesterfield police arrest man for selling fake NFL apparel

Published: Aug. 2, 2013 at 2:17 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 12, 2013 at 3:00 AM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A man is facing charges for trademark infringement after he was caught selling counterfeit clothes in Chesterfield. With football season fast approaching, and Redskins' fever already in Richmond, NBC12 tells you how to tell if your favorite team's merchandise is the real deal.

Chesterfield police say 63-year-old Young Kim had a booth inside the Jefferson Davis Flea Market and was selling fake NFL apparel and Coach bras.

Virginia began toughening penalties for trademark infringement when knockoffs started becoming more sophisticated back in 2008. Kim's products and cash were seized and he could face jail time if convicted.

For Karen Held-Lynn and her family, counterfeit clothing is a problem that isn't going away. They have owned Disco Sports in Henrico for over forty years.

"We're a family owned business and we're fighting to make a living," said Held-Lynn. "It hurts us when people are selling those kinds of products."

Held-Lynn says, if your NFL jersey is authentic. There should be a hologram on the price tag, an NFL logo on the collar and at the bottom of the jersey. Also, she says the quality is just better.

As for Kim, NBC12 reached out to his lawyer but didn't hear back. Young Kim will be in court September 24.

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