Attorney General Jim Hood on Friday announced the arrest of 43-year-old Russell Haynie by investigators with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection and Cyber Crime Divisions.
The man was arrested Wednesday morning at his home in the Clear Creek community, where investigators found over $2 million worth of counterfeit goods, according to the AG’s office. Haynie is charged with one felony count of wire and mail fraud, selling counterfeit goods and felon in possession of a firearm, with more charges expected. If convicted on all existing counts, he faces up to 20 years in prison and several thousands in fines.
Items discovered include Yeti-brand products, Life Proof and Otter Box phone cases, Ray Ban sunglasses, Beats by Dre, and Apple and Bose products. Investigators also found multiple high-end bags by Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Coach, MCM and Tory Burch.
The search of Haynie’s home was an operation of the AG’s Knock Out Knock Offs (KOKO) Taskforce, which was formed eight years ago.
Multiple agencies assisted in the investigation, including the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department, United States Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Postal Service. Haynie was booked into the Alcorn County Jail without bond pending his initial appearance and revocation hearing.
The case was investigated by Lee McDivitt and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Patrick Beasley, both of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.
Individuals who may have bought counterfeit goods from Haynie or others may call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 601-359-4230 or 800-281-4418.