August 18, 1989 |
Diamond-studded Gucci watches for only $20? Gold and silver Rolexes for just $5 dollars more? How about an Adidas or Fila warmup suit for about half those department store prices? Sound too good to be true? According to the U.S. Marshal's Office, it's impossible - and illegal. The office emphasized that fact yesterday with a visit to the Columbus Farmers Market in Burlington County, where investigators confiscated a truck full of the allegedly counterfeit designer jewelry and clothing selling for rock-bottom prices.
November 28, 2012 |
The websites bore names such as FlyersJerseyShop.com, TiffanyOnlineStore.com, and ErgoBabyShop.com, and pitched merchandise that looked authentic. But customers at those and dozens of similar websites shut down Monday by U.S. and European authorities bought counterfeit and typically shoddy goods, U.S. customs investigators said. For the third straight year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents marked "Cyber Monday" with a crackdown on Internet sales of counterfeit goods.
October 5, 2012 |
For the fashion-conscious, New Discoveries seemed to be a shopper's paradise. Wedged into one of South Street's busier blocks, the Philadelphia store boasted the most stylish brands of bags and accessories: Gucci, Coach, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Fendi, Ugg, Dior, Chanel, Tiffany, Kate Spade, and so on. The only problem: Most of the goods were frauds. On Wednesday, a federal judge sentenced the shop owner, Yi Ping Zheng, to 44 months in prison for trafficking counterfeit goods. Zheng, a legal alien, also could face deportation back to China.
December 2, 2012
"The traditional post-Black Friday lull, normally starting the following week, started on . . . Black Friday. " - Craig Johnson, a retail consultant and president of Customer Growth Partners, on a weaker-than-expected report on retail sales in November. "The economy certainly hasn't taken off, but it's nowhere close to a stall. The economy is still underperforming its full potential, but once we get past the fiscal cliff uncertainty, we could see stronger growth next year. " - David Kelly, chief global strategist for JPMorgan Funds, on the reported 2.7 percent third-quarter GDP. "The first thing I'd do is make sure we don't raise taxes on 98 percent of the American people.
October 27, 1999 |
They were outside the First Union Center last night. We're not talking about groupies hoping to catch a glimpse of Latino crooner Ricky Martin livin' la vida loca. We're talking about trademark pirates selling unauthorized Martin T-shirts. Yesterday, City Council's Committee on Licenses & Inspections heard testimony that vendors who peddle fake merchandise con consumers, rob the city of tax dollars and threaten the health and safety of decent citizens with sunglasses that shatter and T-shirts that burst into flames at the flick of a Bic. Attorney M. Kelly Tillery, a lawyer specializing in intellectual property theft and a member of the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, said the problem of counterfeit goods being sold on the streets of Philadelphia was "rampant.
December 6, 2001 |
Police say Stephen James Roe, an alleged small-time peddler of counterfeit goods, had found the ideal market for his knockoff Prada and kate spade handbags: a preschool fund-raiser at an affluent Penn Valley synagogue. In fact, before township police arrested Roe, 45, last week, investigators say he sold a couple of thousand dollars worth of his deeply discounted high-end merchandise at the Har Zion Temple event. "It was quite a sum of money," said Stuart Drobny, president of Stumar Investigations, a private firm that had been investigating Roe. High-end companies, such as Channel and Gucci, hire Drobny's firm to track trademark counterfeiters.
July 15, 2010 |
A Plainsboro, N.J., man was sentenced to a year and a day in a federal lockup yesterday for his role in a counterfeit ring that authorities said was related to a plot to funnel money and weapons to Hezbollah. Prosecutors said Michael Katz, 67, one of 10 defendants charged in the case, was unaware of the link to Hezbollah and was not charged with providing material support to a terrorist group. He pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy and trafficking in counterfeit goods. Authorities said Katz twice traveled with several codefendants to Philadelphia in July 2008 to pick up 1,572 pairs of knock-off Nike sneakers and 334 fake Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co. sports jerseys from a government informant and load them into vans, one of which belonged to Katz.
June 10, 2010 |
Federal authorities have been cracking down on counterfeit sports merchandise since the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs and are warning vendors who sell apparel with fake trademarks that they will face criminal prosecution. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said that after the playoffs began, agents investigated 14 vendors and seized more than 900 counterfeit hats, T-shirts and jerseys worth $58,450. Most items seized bore counterfeit NHL trademarks, although investigators also found fake items bearing logos from Major League Baseball, the NFL and NBA, the ICE said.
September 20, 2013 |
EVEN KEVIN DURANT, one of the NBA's best free-throw shooters, would have a hard time winning his own Oklahoma City Thunder jersey by shooting hoops on the Wildwood boardwalk. The rims aren't exactly circular, the balls are overinflated and seagulls often block your line of vision. And if that's not bad enough, federal authorities say, shooters lucky enough to sink shots at games operated by two Atlantic County brothers have been rewarded with knock-off jerseys. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark, Brett Strothers, 32, of Egg Harbor Township, and Evan Strothers, 28, of Mays Landing, are accused of buying 16,700 counterfeit NBA and NFL jerseys from two men, Joseph Cuozzo, an American living in Thailand, and Haresh Aildasani, an Indian citizen living and manufacturing the fake jerseys in China.