The jeweler, a resident of New Jersey, admitted in court that he was contacted by a member of an armed robbery crew that stole more than $100,000 in jewelry from a courier on January 31, 2013.
He then flew from New York, where his jewelry business was based, to Atlanta, Georgia, to buy the jewelry from the robbery crew for approximately $16,000. He admitted that he had dealt with the robbers or their associates in the past and knew the jewelry was stolen.
The crooked businessman further admitted to buying jewelry from a robbery crew in Houston, Texas, in August 2012. In that instance, the robbery crew stole valuables worth over $500,000 from a jewelry courier during an armed robbery.
The jeweler said he flew to Texas to buy the stolen jewelry at a discounted rate because it was stolen. He later sold the jewelry in New York to wholesalers for a profit.
Carlos Parra, 64, pleaded guilty to two counts of interstate transportation of stolen property. Sentencing is scheduled for June 2015.
Flea Market Operator Allowed Counterfeit Products
For more than two decades, he owned and operated the Frison Flea Market in Pagedale, Missouri. Vendors paid him a rental fee to operate sales booths at his flea market.
For more than 10 years, many of the vendors openly sold counterfeit goods from their booths at the market. The counterfeit goods included clothing, footwear, purses, accessories, movie DVDs and music CDs.
Some of the vendors sold counterfeit purses and similar luxury items bearing marks owned by Coach, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana and others. The owner knew that the goods were counterfeit and allowed vendors to continue selling such goods.
Rather than removing vendors selling illegal goods, he fined them instead, adding to his income.
Jack Frison Sr., of Frontenac, Missouri, was convicted of one felony count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, one felony count of aiding and abetting felony copyright infringement and one felony count of aiding and abetting trafficking counterfeit goods. He was sentenced to 24 months in prison.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the FBI, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the St. Louis County Police Department.