Two brothers have been arrested and charged on Long Island for operating what authorities called a sophisticated counterfeiting operation involving many popular health and beauty products.
Authorities say most of the knockoffs were manufactured overseas. They say once the makers learned the Broncos and Seahawks made the Super Bowl, they rushed to make the goods with the teams’ logos. Then the goods were smuggled into the U.S. using overnight shipping.
You see them all over the city — fake handbags, fake clothes, and fake electronics. What if you could play a bigger role in helping to report counterfeit goods? Well, now there’s an app for that.
If a proposed bill passes the City Council, customers caught buying these items could be punished with a fine of up to $1,000, or even prison time.
During a raid in Chelsea yesterday, police said they confiscated 4,200 pairs of fake Beats by Dr. Dre heaphones, 500 counterfeit iPhones and iPods, and 19 fake iPads.
Fake NFL jerseys, Disney knock-offs, and replicas of an Angry Birds toy are all part of the massive seizure of counterfeit goods announced Thursday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Federal authorities have shut down 150 websites accused of selling knock-off or pirated merchandise to unsuspecting online bargain hunters.