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Counterfeit generator scheme discovered

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    A van full of off-brand generators that Arias would attempt to sell as Honda generators. Photo courtesy of Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office

A man trying to sell off-brand generators with fake Honda markings has been arrested in Bastrop.

According to an announcement on the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Facebook page, it started on January 21, when the BCSO narcotics unit was investigating possible criminal activity at a Bastrop motel. Investigators conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle from California and they discovered two Honda-brand generators. At the motel, another cargo van from California was found. Investigators found Honda markings, equipment to remove decals and ten off-brand generators from China.

The owner of the van, Angelo Arias from Los Angeles, had been removing the original branding stickers from the generators and replacing them with Honda stickers, then would sell the generators as if they were Honda-brand generators. Investigators also believe that he may have been counterfeiting other types of tools or equipment, the post said.

Arias was arrested for trademark counterfeiting, a state jail felony, and is being held on a $50,000 bond. According to the Bastrop County jail booking log, Arias was placed in jail on January 21. BCSO also seized Arias’ van, a total of 12 generators and approximately $2,500 in cash.

At the end of their post, BCSO warned citizens to be wary of equipment or other items that appear to be name-brand but are being sold for an unreasonable price. BCSO also encouraged potential victims of this counterfeiting ring to contact them.