HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The President of the Grand Strand Tea Party has been arrested by Horry County Police after allegedly selling several counterfeit programs.
According to a police report, the victim told officers he purchased six Rosetta Stone programs from Anthony Jack Trinca, 61, between May 29 and May 30 for $125 each through Craigslist.
The victim said he purchased two of the programs in a parking lot in Market Common on May 29 and then the other four on May 30 at Trinca's home along Palmetto Glen Drive in Myrtle Beach.
According to the victim, after he sold two of those programs himself, he learned they were counterfeit and said he returned the money to the customers. When he tried to get his own money back from Trinca, Trinca allegedly refused and said it was the victim's problem.
The victim claimed he saw additional programs such as Photoshop and Microsoft Office at Trinca's home as well, and said he believes them to be counterfeit because of their low prices.
Upon investigation, officers arrested Trinca as well as Michael Robert Trinca, 23. Both have been charged with unauthorized use or trafficking in counterfeit trademarks by an individual.
Bond has been set at $5,000 each.
Anthony Trinca is known as the president of the Grand Strand Tea Party, a political organization based along the Grand Strand.