If You Bought a Yeti at the Boone County Fair, It May Be Fake
If you purchased a Yeti Tumbler at the Boone County Fair, you might have a fake.
Police in Peotone, IL have charged a Flordia man with selling fraudulent Yeti products at the Will County Fair, according to a report from Patch. The man also sold the fakes at the Boone County Fair.
Robin Dana Perry, 72, was taken into custody and charged with counterfeit/imitating a trademark, a class 2 felony, and is also being investigated by Homeland Security.
Not only did were police tipped off by multiple people who were questioning the authenticity of the Yeti product they were sold, but Yeti themselves were out to investigate.
Yeti, known for their higher-end products only approve retailers to sell their products in brick and mortar locations. They don't authorize people to sell them at county fairs.
Deputies in Will County, along with a Yeti investigator and a senior special agent from Homeland Security set up a sting to catch the impostor.
After Perry was taken in, he was interviewed by the investigative team where he told them he's been selling Yeti products at state fairs for the past several years.
Perry also stated in that interview that he made $12,000 at the Boone County Fair. Besides the Boone County Fair, Perry sold products at county fairs in DuPage, Kendall, and DeKalb counties too.
Perry's bond was set at $25,000, and he posted bond on Aug. 24 and was released.
Police said they seized cashier's checks, cash, a 2014 Ford van, more than 1,600 phony Yeti tumblers, boxes of miscellaneous fake Yeti accessories and exhibition booth signage when they arrested Perry and put him into custody.
He is still under investigation with Homeland Security and other law enforcement agencies to see what other suspected fraudulent actions he may be involved in.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news to anyone who may have bought two Yeti tumblers for $45 from this got, sounds like you were ripped off.