Monster Cable has become extremely aggressive in their efforts to combat the sales of their counterfeit headphones and cables. That’s why when they received the word that a subject was selling counterfeit headphones from a kiosk at a high end mall in Los Angeles, they were outraged. This was also the prime holiday shopping season. The kiosk was located directly in front of an Apple store. During the investigation, it was learned that the subjects operating the kiosk were also selling counterfeit cell phone cases and covers. Law enforcement jumped on the case and took immediate action. Law enforcement arrested the owner of the kiosk and his employee. The sales of counterfeit merchandise in venues like this truly do damage the sales of the legitimate brand owners and other legitimate stores in the area. The sale of counterfeit merchandise at kiosks in otherwise legitimate locations is a growing trend throughout the country. The items range from headphones, cell phone covers, jewelry, belt buckles, watches, pet items and anything else you can think of. Law enforcement’s efforts in these types of cases are usually greatly welcomed by the legitimate business owners in the area that feel that the counterfeiters are “stealing” sales away from them.

By Kris Buckner, Investigative Consultants


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