21 people face 115 charges in Ontario counterfeit bust
TORONTO – Police have charged 21 people in connection to a multi-jurisdictional counterfeit investigation spanning across Canada and the United States. The initiative dubbed Project PACE(Partners Against Counterfeiting Everywhere), targeted businesses in Toronto, Peel Region, York Region, Durham Region, South Simcoe and Windsor that were allegedly manufacturing and selling counterfeit products. Police began the investigation in August and search warrants resulted in the seizures of counterfeit luxury goods, fraudulent cosmetics, clothing, electronics, prescription drugs and TTC tokens that valued over $6.5 million. Authorities from the RCMP, Canadian Border Services Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and police forces from across the Greater Toronto Area were part of the investigation.