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Man accused of selling counterfeit handbags due in court

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Roby's children were present when he was approached by officials. His truck and handbags were confiscated Roby's children were present when he was approached by officials. His truck and handbags were confiscated
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - A Mid-South man accused of selling counterfeit luxury handbags says he is getting a raw deal. Memphis police seized 68 purses with a street value of nearly $70,000 from suspect, J. Roby.

Roby spoke openly with WMC Action News 5 Investigator Kontji Anthony. When she knocked on Roby's door, he told her he is innocent.

"I'm trying to do everything right."

But after two undercover handbag purchases from Roby on Thursday and Friday, an expert said his handbags were fake.

"It's a legitimate business. I have a business license. I pay sales taxes," noted Roby.

Saturday, the Organized Crime Unit and Vice Team 3 found Roby at Elvis Presley Boulevard and Marlin Road where they say he was trying to sell dozens of fake Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors handbags from his SUV.

Investigators found more counterfeit Chanel and Louis Vuitton handbags at his apartment.

Roby says he buys his handbags from a reputable overseas company.

"I do an authenticity test. I go to Dillard's and my handbags look just the same as Dillard's."

Certified counterfeit merchandise detector Keith Haney says three things help you spot a fake: price, quality and location.

"Someone is selling it for $29.95? You have a problem," said Haney. "Big quality trademarks are only sold in upper-end department stores or their own stores."

Roby, who was selling the bags out of his SUV, says he wants two things.

"I'm a family man. I had my kids out there with me. I'm out there in public. I'm not doing anything undercover. If I was trying to do something illegal, I wouldn't be sitting out in public trying to do it," said Roby. "Drop the charges and not treat me like I'm a common criminal."

Meanwhile, his SUV and handbags were confiscated.

Roby faces one count of criminal simulation over $60,000. A criminal check shows Roby had one speeding ticket in 1995.

He is due in court on Monday, May 12.

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