Fake Electronics

From fake headphones to knock-off chargers, bogus iPods and counterfeit extension cords, Los Angeles police officers say counterfeit electronics are flooding the national market with potentially deadly consequences.  These fake electronics can cause great harm to someone, and even their families and homes.  Counterfeit extension cords have been tested to prove that they can melt through the plastic surrounding the copper cords and start fires in homes very rapidly.  Fake headphones have been proven to have pieces break off in the users ear requiring trips to the emergency room.  The bottom line here is counterfeit electronics are extremely dangerous.  It is not worth saving a couple bucks here and there when in turn it could put you or your whole families health and safety on the line. Here is a link to a short clip from ABC7 news on counterfeit electronics.

If you find someone selling these products please do not hesitate to contact us on our website at http://www.investigativeconsultants.com. 

Kris Buckner, Investigative Consultants

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Manufacturer of Counterfeit Designer Handbags Sentenced to One Year in Federal Prison for Trafficking the Bogus Products

LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles woman was sentenced today to one year and
one day in federal prison for trafficking in counterfeit handbags and wallets, including
accessories bearing counterfeit marks belonging to Chanel, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana,
Fendi, Prada, and Versace.

Yeon Soon Lee, also known as Susie Lee, 55, who resides in the Koreatown
District of Los Angeles, was sentenced today by United States District Judge George H.
King.

Lee operated Anna Collection, a wholesale accessory distributor in the Fashion
District in downtown Los Angeles. Lee attached emblems with counterfeit trademarks to
generic bags and shipped them to retailers across the United States. After authorities
executed a search warrant at Anna Collection in 2009 and seized more than 1,000
handbags and counterfeit emblems, Lee resumed operating her business in 2011. A
second search in 2011 resulted in the seizure of additional goods and emblems.

During today’s sentencing hearing, Judge King said Lee had committed a “largescale,”
“serious offense.” Lee was a “clear recidivist,” who had shown “repeated
disrespect for the law” by continuing to traffic in counterfeit goods after previously being
convicted in state court (that conviction has been expunged) and being the subject of
two search warrants, the judge said.

“The public has to know that these are not merely victimless crimes,” Judge King
emphasized.

The case against Lee is the product of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border
Protection, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

CONTACT: Assistant United States Attorney Ronald Cheng
Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section
(213) 894-8644

Release No. 13-037

Even On Melrose

Many folks think that counterfeit goods are only sold in shady areas of town or at swap meets and flea markets. Nothing could be further from the truth. Counterfeit goods have been found in all types of retail locations.

According to various media accounts, Tiffany & Co. recently sued Costco for allegedly selling counterfeit goods. If you research trademark counterfeiting through the open source, you will find countless examples of counterfeit goods being sold in all types of venues that you would never think would sell counterfeit goods.

The LAPD’s Hollywood Vice Unit recently learned this first hand when they took down an upscale boutique selling counterfeit jewelry. The boutique was located on the world famous Melrose Avenue in Hollywood in the same area where many world famous designer boutiques are located.

The owner of the boutique was sent a cease and desist notice from a brand owner prior to the criminal action taking place, however the owner chose to ignore it and continued their trademark counterfeiting activities. This happens more than you think.

The LAPD took swift action on the case and the owner is now facing criminal charges. The sell of counterfeit goods robs legitimate businesses of sales and can easily tarnish a brand’s reputation.

You never know where you will find counterfeit goods being sold.

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Counterfeit Jersey’s Seized

Law  enforcement  recently  arrested  a   major  distributor  of  counterfeit  jerseys    and    convicted  them  of  trademark  counterfeiting.  The  case  started  when  Investigative  Consultants  received  a  tip  that  the  subject  was  importing  counterfeit  jerseys  from  Korea  and  distributing  the  counterfeit  goods  all  over  California.  The  subject  has  a  long  history  of  counterfeiting  and  had  been  issued  multiple  cease  and  desist  notices  in  the  past.  However,  the  subject  continued  his  illicit  activities  and  ended  up  getting  arrested.  He  is  now  a  convicted  felon  and  on  probation.  Lets  see  how  long  he  will  last  before  he  jumps  back  into  the  counterfeit  game.

Kris Buckner, Investigative Consultants

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