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  • APPLE VALLEY — Accused of possessing phony Nike NFL jerseys for sale, an Apple Valley sports shop owner could be facing additional charges after authorities this week seized 442 more pieces of counterfeit apparel from his store, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office said Wednesday.
    Gregery Williamson, owner of Get in Tha Game on Bear Valley Road, was arrested Tuesday at the store during an early-morning enforcement operation, which involved investigators from county and federal agencies.
    Deputy District Attorney Dan Lough said the items uncovered during the search warrant were mostly NFL and college football jerseys and shorts but included four pairs of shoes.
    Special agents and investigators also found fake merchandise bearing Major League Baseball, NBA, World Cup and NHL logos.
    “The seizure of these items and arrest of Mr. Williamson ... was the culmination of an extensive investigation lasting over several months” after reports were received that the business had been selling counterfeit jerseys, said Steve Rivera, a senior investigator with the District Attorney’s office.
    Williamson, 50, of Victorville, was arrested earlier this year and charged with one felony count of possessing counterfeit Nike NFL jerseys for sale, court records show. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 20 in that case.
    Additional charges could be filed against him in connection with the 400-plus items seized Tuesday from the business, the District Attorney’s office said.
    Williamson was booked at High Desert Detention Center and has since posted bail, jail records show.
    Claude Arnold, a special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations, Los Angeles, said intellectual property theft is essentially stealing.
    “They’re robbing from law-abiding merchants and from the legitimate companies that manufacture these items,” he said. “What’s more, counterfeiters could care less about product quality or safety — which is why we warn consumers who think brand-name knockoffs are a harmless way to beat the system and get a great deal, ‘buyer beware.’ ”
    The District Attorney’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Unit, HSI and the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General participated in the operation.
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