From The Grio: A Florida handbag vendor who went to police after he was duped with counterfeit $100 bills by a buyer found himself behind bars after the purses he was peddling were found to be counterfeit.
Joseph Reese, 55, was arrested by Miramar Police Monday and charged with possession of counterfeit products, authorities said. According to police, Reese came to them after he received two $100 bills from a buyer who was interested in some of the high-end products he was selling, including Gucci and Dooney and Burke handbags, as well as designer sunglasses and wallets.
Reese had been selling the bags out of his car. When police pressed Reese, they say he admitted the handbags and other accessories were counterfeits themselves. He was arrested and released Tuesday on $3,500 bond.
“I didn't know it was illegal, ” said Reese after his release. “That's why I called police.”