Wednesday, December 09, 2009

NYPD confiscates Gucci counterfeit handbags, other fake Cartier goods in Canal St. raid, ICE has known about the locations for years, see photos.

Fork over that Fendi. The city confiscated $1 million in counterfeit handbags and other faux goods in Chinatown (Canal St) on Tuesday, angering bargain-hunters. "We just aren't going to have any tolerance for people selling knockoffs," Mayor Bloomberg said.

ICE and US Secret Service knew about this location two years ago.
December 8, 2009....Cops shut down 10 buildings along Canal St. housing 31 stalls brimming with watches, wallets and bags. The accessories were knockoffs of Chanel, Gucci, Coach and Cartier.
CBP, ICE Release Annual Report on Counterfeit Goods Seized, December 7, 2009, (one day before the Canal St raid in NYC)."There is nothing wrong with somebody getting a less expensive product," Bloomberg said. "But you can't use the name of a more expensive product and sell it as though that is what it was."

Agents from the Mayor's Office of Special Enforcement and NYPD got a search warrant after they repeatedly bought phony items. There were no arrests in the predawn raid between Broadway and Church St.

Neighbors were skeptical that the crackdown will end the notorious knockoff trade. "In another two days, these guys, once the cops leave, they'll be bringing their stands back to sell illegal goods," said Joe Saf, 38, owner of Taj Mahal Audio and Car Stereo, a store next to one of the raided storefronts on Canal St, more from this source....
ICE and the US Secret Service have known about these scams for well over two years in NYC and in Tampa Fl.

RE: US Secret Service meeting today Tampa Fl, Wednesday, August 08, 2007 2:56 PM

The Tampa investigation appears to involve 3 aspects; A). used car dealers, B). food stores-counterfeit merchandise, C). food stamp fraud.

There are 3 US Attorney's assigned to the overall investigation, it appears that there are arrests to be made, no exact details as to who or where.

The law enforcement agencies involved up to this point on the case are the US Secret Service, Customs (at the Port of Tampa), Hillsborough County Sheriff, ICE, Pinellas County Sheriff, and the Sarasota County Sheriff.

There is a woman from Customs at the Port of Tampa who is working with the US Secret Service on this case, her name is XXXX XXXXXX (unknown exact spelling of last name).

Charges that they are looking to pursue are Wire fraud, Bank fraud, Counterfeit goods and Tax evasion. The US Secret Service is looking for quick arrests to shut down any flow of money that might be funding terrorism.

US Secret Service will work with the FBI but if there are problems with "whose turf" it is, that will be decided by the US Attorney's office and they are actively working the used car dealers/food store owners case with the US Secret Service.

US Secret Service agent XXX XXXXX repeated his interest in speaking with the "person at the Port", he indicated that this "person" is too important to the case and will be protected by the US Attorney's office from any sort of repercussions. Quote, "The case is too important for anyone to hold back information".

CBP, ICE Release Annual Report on Counterfeit Goods Seized
December 7, 2009, (one day before the Canal St raid in NYC).

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week announced that in fiscal year 2009 they made 14,841 seizures of counterfeit and pirated goods with a total domestic value of $260.7 million.

The annual intellectual property rights report is now available online.  The top 10 categories of IPR infringing products seized include footwear, consumer electronics, wearing apparel, computers/hardware, pharmaceuticals, and toys/electronic games.