Man Arrested For Selling Counterfeit NBA Merchandise
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MIAMI – (CBS4) – For allegedly selling about $127 worth of counterfeit NBA posters and photographs, Freddie McCrae is sitting jail with a $7,000 bond.
Police arrested McCrae on May 22nd just after 11 p.m. on Biscayne Boulevard between Northeast 5th and 6th streets.
That was the same day the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The National Basketball Association, a multi-billion business, routinely hires officers to work detail to crack down on those selling counterfeit merchandise.
An officer who was posing as a buyer approached McCrae’s table where he allegedly told the undercover officer that “small frames are $20,” according to the police report.
When an NBA employee who accompanied the officer told McCrae to surrender the counterfeit property, McCrae allegedly became aggressive saying, “I’m just doing this to help out and y’all over here [expletive] with me,” the report states.
McCrae was charged with selling counterfeit merchandise, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest without violence and vending without a license.
On Tuesday, a judge ordered McCrae be held on a $7,000 bond.