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Fugitive sold fake Texans gear off Baytown road, police say

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Baytown isn't known as the epicenter of counterfeit products when it comes to the growing black market in our region.

But with the recent success of the Houston Texans, no city is off limits for cool fan gear for a team that's smoking hot.  

Baytown Police investigators say 46-year-old Edward Lawrence Williams took advantage of the Texans popularity and is now on the run.    Williams is accused of selling fake Texans shirts in the 1600 block of North Alexander.

"Specifically speaking with the defendant who said that these were legitimate football jerseys and he gets a discount on them by buying them in bulk, that's how he is able to sell them at prices that are significantly less than market value," BPD Lt. Eric Freed said.

Investigators say Williams was pushing the jerseys for $65 each.  Police said the real ones typically cost over $100.  That's why some may have been willing to purchase them out a trunk off the side of the road in Baytown.

Counterfeiting is a trillion-dollar global business that's costing companies like Nike and the NFL millions right here in the USA.

That's why both organizations are working to stamp out bootleggers.  Nike's private fraud investigator had a role in identifying Williams' counterfeit shirts in Baytown.

"This turns around and affects the economy," Freed said.  "These products are being sold on the black market and companies aren't making what they put into it and that affects everybody negatively."

That's why Baytown investigators say the community should do the right thing and say "no" to counterfeit goods.

How do you know if you're getting fake merchandise?  If it's a third of the price and off the side of the road in Baytown, you'll know.

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