A Roundup: This Week’s Top Seizures

April 20, 2011 § 6 Comments

This week two big seizures in the U.S. stand out to us. First, a counterfeit clothing ring in Chicago was busted by law enforcement. The counterfeiters worked several shops from the West to South sides of the city where over $150,000 in counterfeit clothing and shoes were confiscated. The 4,000 items included many Major League Baseball knockoffs as well as Timberland and Nike fakes. One of the nine men charged previously pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of a trademark and spent 6 months under court supervision. Maybe this time there should be a stricter punishment.

(Image from Chicago Tribune)

The second large seizure this week came from a flea market raid in South Carolina. 14 people renting space at the Anderson Jockey Lot (Belton flea market) have been charged in the sale of counterfeit recordings as well as illegal transportation, distribution or sale of counterfeit items. Law enforcement seized more than $250,000 in merchandise which included more than 9,000 DVDs, 1,000 CDs, Nike and Adidas footwear, MLB and NBA apparel, designer Coach, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana handbags and other name brand clothing.

Remember, if you see a fake at a flea market or retail boutique, report it. These types of counterfeit goods take away taxes from your local economy, support gangs and terrorist organizations, and undermine the work of legitimate brands and designers.

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§ 6 Responses to A Roundup: This Week’s Top Seizures

  • Su says:

    so…what do the pics have to do with the blog entry? the link isn’t apparent.

  • Thanks for the comment Su! The link refers to the seizure in Chicago that we discuss in the first paragraph.

  • Lil says:

    Thanks for the website and the articles in general, I am doing a report on counterfeit fashion goods for school, and fakesareneverinfashion is a really good source.

  • Tasha says:

    Wht difference do it make ig people want counterfeitS they still aint going to buy the real stuff because if they could afford the real they wouldnt buy the fake let them sell at least tht aint out robbing me

  • al says:

    I am at a local flea market in SC and sell all license products (NFL, MLB, NHL and others sport related items). We pay our fees and they cost good amount of money. The person in front of me sells fake unlicensed products. Would like to report this as is hurting us big time. Who would you report this to? There are many websites and places online but I am sure there is one place that will do something about this.

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