An elderly Chinatown businessman got a lengthy jail sentence Tuesday after being convicted of passing more than $36,000 in high-quality fake money. Read More
WHAT: A Department of Justice task force celebrated the blockbuster Cyber Monday online shopping day by announcing the seizure of 150 websites accused of selling counterfeit goods.HOW: Most of the seized websites were based in China, and some of the counterfeit goods they allegedly sold included Puma sports sneakers, NFL pro football team jerseys and Ugg boots. Read More
China, long known for brazenly counterfeiting consumer electronics and software, has reached a new piracy milestone — entire fake Apple stores. The unauthorized outlets look almost like the real thing, except for a few jarringly wrong details. Salespersons wear imitations of the company’s blue logo T-shirts and name tags while selling supposedly genuine versions of the latest iPhone and iPad. Most of the employees seem to believe they really do work for Apple. Read More
At least four storefronts near Fisherman’s Wharf known by neighboring stores for luring customers with cheap, fake Louis Vuitton handbags and other accessories are closed for business after federal agents bagged their inventory.
In the middle of the day Wednesday, neighboring store employees watched U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement cars and trucks fill the intersection of Beach and Taylor streets to confiscate scarves, handbags and other fashion accessories. Read More