The president of the Grand Strand Tea Party and his son were arrested on charges related to counterfeit language software being sold to a Loris man, according to an Horry County police report.
Anthony Jack Trinca, 61, and Michael Robert Trinca, 23, both of Myrtle Beach, spent about two hours at J. Reuben Long Detention Center Tuesday, each charged with unauthorized use or trafficking in counterfeit trademarks by an individual, according to jail records. They were each released on $5,000 bail.
An Horry County police report showed that a 46-year-old man called police June 17 about six Rosetta Stone language software packages he purchased from Anthony Trinca and learned the items were counterfeit. The man said that at the end of May he bought the products for $125 each after seeing an ad on Craigslist.
The man said he picked up two of the software packages after meeting Anthony Trinca in a parking lot at Market Commons on May 29. The next day the man purchased the other packages from Trinca’s home on Palmetto Glens, which is where Trinca operated a computer business known as Computer Repair Dirt Cheap.
The man said he sold two of the software packages on eBay and learned it was counterfeit, according to the report. The man said he tried 10 times to get his money back from Trinca, who refused to return it.
Trinca is listed as the president of the Grand Strand Tea Party, according to the group’s website and information.