By Press Release
An Okolona store owner has been arrested and charged with selling counterfeit goods, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Willie McMillian, age 45, owner of Urban Wear located at 205 and 206 Church Street in Okolona, was arrested yesterday by investigators with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, Intellectual Property Theft Task Force with assistance from the Okolona Police Department. He is charged with two counts sale of counterfeit goods bearing counterfeit labels.
“This arrest was the result of a joint investigation by Okolona Police Department, Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office and our office’s intellectual property theft task force following several tips,” said Attorney General Hood.
The investigation resulted in three search warrants at McMillian’s businesses at 205 and 206 Church Street and at his home in Okolona. Among the items confiscated were NorthFace jackets and designer handbags, all alleged to be counterfeit.
“We spent this past year laying the groundwork for our intellectual property theft task force,” said Attorney General Hood. “We have been training our law enforcement and setting up our new Internet reporting and information sharing site. Now, counterfeit cons need to be on alert that we won’t tolerate them doing business in Mississippi.”
McMillian was booked into the Chickasaw County jail and his bond set at $20,000.
If convicted, the defendant faces up to five years behind bars and $10,000 for each count.
As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.