HSI’s Commercial Fraud Group in San Diego, California and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office just wrapped up a case on a major distributor of counterfeit goods in the San Diego area. The investigation lead to the recovery of over 1.3 million dollars worth of counterfeit clothing, handbags, sunglasses and numerous other items.

HSI spearheaded the investigation that lead to the huge recovery. It was very clear that the counterfeiters were not really focused on selling quality counterfeits. Several of the items recovered were very poor quality and contained numerous misspellings.

The investigation, which took several months culminated with the arrest of two subjects, who have now been convicted of felony trademark counterfeiting charges. The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted the subject. The San Diego District Attorney’s Office has been very active in prosecuting these cases.

This case is another great example of federal and state agencies working together to combat intellectual property crimes.

By Kris Buckner, Investigative Consultants


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