KNOX — Kent Schumm and Benjamin Schaab, of Fort Wayne, were arrested on a preliminary charge of forgery after pedaling design impostor coats at the Knox Beauty College Wednesday, Feb. 6.
Several women purchased the coats, which were said to be from The North Face Inc's product line, during the men's first trip into the shop.
The North Face Inc. is an outdoor product company that sells their products all over the world. North Face jackets can cost hundreds of dollars.
After taking a closer look at their purchases, it was discovered that the jackets were not authentic North Face — someone had allegedly sewn The North Face logo tag on top of the original merchandise's tag.
The alleged perpetrators were called after the fraud was discovered and informed if they did not return the money, the women would contact the authorities.
When no one showed up to reimburse the women, they called the Knox City Police Department to tell them about the fraud and to give them a cell number allegedly left by Schumm.
The following day, Thursday, Feb. 7, the alleged counterfeiters returned to the Beauty College. The police arrived and took both men to the Starke County Jail where they were arrested on a preliminary charge of forgery.
Schumm told police they had returned to give the women, some of whom paid with cash and the others with credit cards, their money back.