Counterfeiting — Its a BIG business.

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Trademark counterfeiting and piracy is a huge problem that is growing everyday in Los Angeles and other cities across America. The LAPD and FBI are doing an outstanding job protecting intellectual property rights and the US economy. The problem of intellectual property theft is much bigger than most people realize.

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

Counterfeiters Caught Smuggling Drugs

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Counterfeiters do not only engage in the sales of counterfeit goods, they will do whatever type of criminal activity that will make them money. We have seen time and time again where drug trafficking and counterfeiting are tied together.

The same people selling counterfeits will be the same people that will smuggle drugs.

This group of folks that were arrested smuggling drugs also have had their run ins with the law for selling counterfeit handbags and pirated CDs. The full story can be viewed by visiting our YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-PBn25j-eE&feature=share&list=UUsenSOs0fOULyfLBt5f4Dbw

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JOINT LASD AND HSI INVESTIGATION LEADS TO FEDERAL CONVICTIONS

The  Los  Angeles  County  Sheriff’s  Department’s  CAPE  Team  worked  side  by  side  with  The  Intellectual  Property  Rights  Group  from  HSI  and  served  warrants  at  multiple  locations  in  Los  Angeles  and  Montclair.

IC  Investigators  had  identified  a  group  of  individuals  that  were  operating  a  counterfeit  ring  distributing  counterfeit  clothing  and  luxury  goods.  Investigators  had  learned  the  subjects  were  operating  a  warehouse  in  Downtown  Los  Angeles  and  were  storing  additional  goods  at  a  public  storage  facility  in  Montclair.

One  of  the  subjects  was  selling  counterfeit  goods  at  a  local  swap  meet  and  maintaining  a  low  profile,  leading  many  to  believe  that  she  was  just  a  small  time  swap  meet  vendor,  however  the  truth  was  that  she  was  part  of  a  major  organization  and  just  used  the  swap  meet  as  a  means  to  develop  additional  wholesale  customers.

Counterfeiters  are  not  always  who  they  “appear”  to  be.  Over  the  years,  we  have  seen  counterfeiters  do  a  great  job  at  masking  who  they  really  are  and  how  deeply  involved  they  really  are  in  the  counterfeit  trade.

Federal  agents  were  able  to  get  an  introduction  into  one  of  the  master  minds  of  the  organization  and  they  were  able  to  identify  the  counterfeit  network  and  where  they  had  stored  all  their  counterfeit  goods.  Federal  search  warrants  were  obtained  and  served  at  all  the  locations  involved  in  the  counterfeit  ring.

The  search  lead  to  the  seizure  of  over  a  million  dollars  in  counterfeit  goods  and  the  arrests  of  the  two  primary  subjects.  One  of  the  subjects  had  multiple  prior  state  convictions  for  trademark  counterfeiting  and  was  eventually  sentenced  to  two  years  in  federal  prison  and  he  will  likely  be  deported  after  he  serves  his  time.  The  second  subject  was  also  convicted  and  sentenced  to  a  year  in  federal  custody.

This  case  was  a  great  example  of  federal  and  state  agencies  working  together  to  take  down  a  major  organization.

Kris Buckner, Investigative Consultants

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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

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

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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