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MCSO nabs Havasu man on counterfeit charges

Mohave County sheriff's detectives arrested a Lake Havasu City man Thursday on several felony counterfeit charges.

Detectives received a call Aug.

12 from a private investigator representing 87 trademarked companies who said that a man allegedly had been approaching businesses throughout the tri-state area, including Kingman, with merchandise with trademarked logos.

MCSO spokesman Jarrod Lyman said.

Jose Isaac Montiel, 67, was arrested after a Fort Mohave retailer contacted MCSO saying that the suspect was at the store.

Deputies arrived and took Montiel into custody without incident.

Officers allegedly found boxes full of hats, visors, t-shirts, sunglasses, watches and wallets with brands including Oakley, Nike and Harley Davidson as well as professional sports teams inside his vehicle Lyman said.

Montiel was charged with felony fraudulent schemes and artifices and felony counterfeit marks, as well as misdemeanor charge of driving on a suspended license.

Detectives searched Monteil's residence located in the 1700 block of Rainbow Drive in Lake Havasu City and allegedly found more counterfeit items, as well as marijuana and drug paraphernalia Lyman said.

Montiel was then charged with another count of counterfeit marks, as well as possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In addition to the criminal charges, Montiel also faces the possibility of civil charges.

Montiel could face as much as $1 million in damages from each company in civil court.

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