Counterfeits Fund Terrorist Group Hezballah

March 1, 2011 § Leave a comment


M
OST PEOPLE ARE AWARE OF THE CRIMINAL ACTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SALES of counterfeit goods, while others are still skeptical. A recent arrest is a worthy example of how counterfeit goods are linked to terrorism. (See the full article here).

In Philadelphia a man was charged for selling counterfeits in order to raise funds for the terrorist group Hezballah. More specifically, Hezballah is a Lebonese militant group. The suspect sold counterfeits in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area of the U.S. and was recently extradited back for trial from South America. He has been charged with 28 offenses, including conspiring to support Hezballah with proceeds from the sale of counterfeit goods and cash, stolen merchandise and fraudulent passports. He was arrested in Paraguay last June.

There are thousands of operations such as this one happening across the globe. Criminals see counterfeiting as a low risk, high profit business to fund other crimes. In many cases, the outcome is to support terrorist acts. Evidence has shown that Al Queda training manuals suggest using the fake trade as a form of bringing in revenue to fund operations. All we ask is that you think about what you are contributing to the next time you buy a counterfeit product.

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