SW Fla Man Charged with Selling Fake Rolex Watches

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) -- A southwest Florida man has been arrested for allegedly selling counterfeit Rolex watches.

According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, James Lynch of Cape Coral posted the watches for sale in an online classified advertisement on Craigslist.

The sheriff's office says an undercover detective purchased five watches from Lynch Thursday.

Other detectives followed Lynch to his home, where they found 70 counterfeit Rolex, Breitling, Omega and Movado watches.

The sheriff's office says detectives also found fake Oakley sunglasses and Louis Vuitton purses, wallets and belts.

Deputies say the retail value that the counterfeit items defrauded the real manufacturers is between $750,000 and $1 million.

Lynch posted $5,000 bond Friday on a second-degree felony charge of selling counterfeit items over $20,000. Jail records did not show whether he had an attorney.


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