The Houston Police Department has referred its investigation of Sam Brinton to the FBI in a matter involving the alleged theft of a fashion designer's luggage, Fox News Digital reported Monday.
"When I googled him, I saw my outfits on him," designer Asya Khamsin told KRIV in a phone interview February 23.
"I googled everything, and I saw my clothing, jewelries, blouses," Asya Khamsin told the outlet. "The collection with the same prints. Maybe he liked the designs and this and that, but why? I don’t know how he got my clothes."
Brinton, as of Monday, had not been charged with any crime related to Khamsin's claims, Fox News Digital also reported.
Khamsin reported a missing bag from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport back in 2018. Khamsin and her husband filed a report with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department and filed a claim with Delta Air Lines, the carrier she used to travel from Houston to D.C., according to Fox News Digital.
She filed a complaint with the Houston Police Department in December after she noticed photographs of Brinton in what appeared to be the very clothing from the missing bag.
The bag that went missing in 2018 contained items Khamsin intended to show at the Lady in Red Fashion show in Tanzania. She was unable to show the designs, however, since the bag was gone.
Khamsin says she spotted Brinton, a former Department of Energy official, wearing her distinctive, handmade clothing and jewelry when reports of his capers went viral.
Khamsin and many users who responded to her, posted photos of Khamsin's designs side-by-side with well-publicized photos of Brinton, apparently wearing the selfsame designs. Many photographs of her designs are available on her Instagram and Twitter pages.
In addition to the dresses and other garments Khamsin says Brinton has been photographed wearing, there is also jewelry.
Khamsin spoke with the KRIV reporter by phone from Tanzania while her husband in Houston showed the reporter some of her designs.
"It's custom-made. She does it all herself," Alkhag Khamsin said. "There is no label."
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