FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jackson, MS?A Newton resident will spend time behind bars for selling counterfeit goods, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Larry Temple Lee, age 50, of Newton was sentenced yesterday before Judge Vernon Cotten for selling counterfeit DVD movies and counterfeit consumer goods at the Williamsville Flea Market in Neshoba County and at his residence in Newton. Lee was sentenced to eight years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with three years to serve, five years suspended and five years of post release supervision. He was also fined $3,000 and ordered to pay $1,000 to cover investigative costs plus all court costs.
?This prosecution was the result of some great work by our Consumer Protection Division working on our ?Operation Knock Out Knock Offs? initiative,? said Attorney General Hood. ?We hope this case serves as a reminder to others that this type of activity is illegal, and as a warning that we won?t stand by and let it continue in Mississippi.?
Lee was arrested in July 2011 after an undercover investigation by the Attorney General?s Consumer Protection Division. The case was investigated by Richie McCluskey and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorneys General Patrick Beasley and Alexander Kassoff. Special thanks to the Neshoba County Sheriff?s Office and the Philadelphia Police Department for their assistance with this case.