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Feds Seize Memorabilia Worth $20M to Sports Counterfeiters

By    |   Friday, 30 Jan 2015 06:04 AM

Nearly $20 million in fake sports memorabilia were seized by Federal authorities and the National Football League as part of a year-long crackdown on counterfeit goods, including Super Bowl-related merchandise.

Reuters reported authorities as saying more than 325,000 counterfeit items, including jerseys and hats, were seized in an operation that began after last year's Super Bowl and focused on international shipments of counterfeit goods entering the United States.

"Counterfeiting is not a game," said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldana. "It is most certainly not a victimless crime either.

"Whether it's the child in Southeast Asia working in deplorable conditions, or local stores going out of business, intellectual property theft is a very real crime with very real victims."

Most of the knockoffs were manufactured in China and were brought to the United States through usual smuggling networks, according to authorities involved in 'Operation Team Player.'

Last year, authorities said 202,000 pieces of counterfeit league merchandise, valued at more than $21.6 million, were seized in the lead-up to the NFL's title game in New Jersey.

 

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