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Government Seizes $325 Million Worth Of Counterfeit Uggs

Just when you thought the saga of counterfeit Uggscouldn’t get any uglier, it did. This week, US Customs officials shut down a complex plan between two criminal networks that had planned to sell some $325 million worth of counterfeit Uggs and other fake fashion items in the United States.

The New York Times reports that federal agents arrested nearly 30 people, most of them Chinese, in the US and the Philippines this week, and charged them with smuggling counterfeit goods into the US. Customs officials allege that those involved with the case were able to successfully sneak the goods into the country by using the names of honest shipping companies on customs forms. As a result, once the goods were in the country, some of them were distributed to people who didn’t even know they were getting fake merchandise. Read more…

Counterfeit Sting Operation Takes In More Than $76 Million In Fake Goods

Steer clear of the knockoffs this holiday season, especially because the feds just did a major sweep of counterfeit goods. It’s called Operation Holiday Hoax II — one of the largest seizures of counterfeit goods in recent history. Everything from Christmas lights, to electronics, to football jerseys were seized in the $77 million dollar operation. And there were an awful lot of faux-designer goods found among the items, including fake Fendi, Coach, Prada, and True Religion items.

Thirty-three people were arrested in the sting, the majority of whom were located in the U.S. An easy way to tell if an item is fake? The packaging. Look for misspelling and bad grammar. [NY Times]

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