(Memphis) A major manufacturer of designer goods wins a huge case against a Mid-South man.
A federal jury has returned a $5 million judgment against Memphis businessman, Fred Goodfellow, for selling fake purses.
The 3rd Street Flea Market is trashed. It was shut down after it was raided by officers and now the man who owns the property has to pay big for what he allowed vendors to sell there, fake Coach purses and other items with the company's name on it.
The owner is Fred Goodfellow of Marion, Arkansas.
An undercover private investigator told the on your side investigators just two weeks ago how he helps companies like Coach find counterfeit goods and he talked about the consequences.
He said, "There is an excellent possibility that if you're caught, you're going to be charged criminally and more and more these civil prosecutions are coming in also."
The jury's huge judgment of $5 million against Goodfellow could send messages to other business owners the manufacturers of these luxury items are "for real" when it comes to going after "the fakes".
The On Your Side Investigators went to Goodfellow’s home to ask if he'll be able to pay Coach the money they were awarded.
Goodfellow said, "Ma'am you know I don't have $5 million".
The vendors who sold the items at booths they rented from Goodfellow at the flea market are also being sued by Coach. Those cases are still pending.