HOUSTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Houston seaport intercepted over 70,000 various counterfeit Apple and JBL electronics with a combined Manufactured Suggested Retail Price over $4M.
Nearly 500 counterfeit Apple Watch like this one was seized in Houston. The items were shipped from China and were seized because of intellectual property rights violations.
“Transnational criminal organizations are relentless in their effort to fund their illegal activities by manufacturing poor imitations of authentic designer brands,” said Houston CBP Port Director Roderick Hudson. “Many consumers are unaware that these types of illegal activities can involve forced labor and human trafficking. This seizure illustrates our commitment to protecting our nation’s economy and consumers from those intent on defrauding businesses and consumers alike.”
Counterfeit items valued at over $4M were seized including JBL speakers.
When the shipment arrived to Houston, CBP officers examined it and discovered various Apple products including Air Pod Pros, Apple Watches, Lightning Cables, protective cases and JBL speakers. Images of the items were sent to the trademark holders who confirmed the items were counterfeit. While the domestic value of these items is $1,624,479.67, had these items been genuine, the MSRP would have reached $4,061,224.66.Lear More
Ajman: The General Command of Ajman Police seized nearly 120,000 fake items with a street value of Dh30 million.
Brigadier General Khaled Mohammad Al Nuaimi, Deputy Director General of Police Operations, said a report was received by the Criminal Investigation Department from some international companies, stating that there were a group of shops in the emirate of Ajman that were selling counterfeit goods bearing trademarks of well-known international brands. After verifying the authenticity of the claim, police formed a team to investigate the issue and conduct a search on the shops.
The police raid on the shops unearthed several counterfeit products of reputed international brands. The items seized included leather products, clothes, accessories, watches and frames of renowned fashion brands. All the counterfeit items were confiscated and appropriate legal measures were initiated against the violators .Lear More
AHMEDABAD: A 40-year-old man from Mansa of Gandhinagar was caught in the net of cops with fake currency notes of Rs 30L face value, mostly in denomination of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500, said officers. He had allegedly printed the currency notes to repay bank and individual loans.
Inspector Jatin Prajapati of Mansa police station said that the accused Santosh Raval, resident of Panchalpura village was stopped by his team at Gram Bharti Crossroads when he was passing from there on his motorcycle. He said that Raval had been held earlier by Gandhinagar police in 2016 and 2017 cases in which his bail was cancelled as he did not pay certain amounts as instructed by the local court, and he had been absconding since then.
When cops checked the bag that he was carrying on his motorcycle, they found that it was stuffed with currency notes. During prima facie inquiry, cops came to know that all the currency notes were fake and printed by the accused himself.
Cops said that Raval had 1,137 notes in denomination of Rs 2,000 (total Rs 22.74 lakh); 1,204 notes in denomination of Rs 500 (Rs 6.02 lakh) and 1,240 currency notes in denomination of Rs 100 (Rs 1.24 lakh) in the bag.
Prajapati said that they called forensic experts and a bank manager who confirmed all the currency notes were fake.Lear More
According to police, the accused allegedly earned Rs 4.5 crore by sale of counterfeit notes.
As many as four persons were arrested in Gandhinagar on Saturday for allegedly possessing raw materials for manufacturing fake currency notes of face value Rs 58 lakh. Police also seized Rs 4.52 crore in cash from them.
According to police, Mohammad Safi Vohra and Firoz Vohra — residents of Anand, and Vinayak Nikam and Chirag alias Pintu from Vadodara were arrested by Gandhinagar police Local Crime Branch near ST Bus depot.
“We received a tip-off that four members of a gang involved in the circulation of fake currency notes were seen near ST bus depot in their car. A team apprehended the accused and the car was searched when we found bundles of paper with print of Rs 2000 denomination (which would be cut later to resemble the currency) of face value Rs 58 lakh. We also found Rs 4.5 crore genuine cash from the car,” said a senior officer of Gandhinagar Police.
According to police, the accused allegedly earned Rs 4.5 crore by sale of counterfeit notes.Lear More
Kolkata: In the course of a raid conducted by the Enforcement Branch, a gang was busted manufacturing unbranded oximeters, many of which were fake.
They were selling them at inflated prices between Rs 2500 and Rs 4000 under the name of ‘branded products.’ Although raids are underway to nab members of the gang, police said they have seized processed goods from the makeshift factory.
“We have been carrying out raids against fake and high-cost oximeters. We received information through our sources on Tuesday evening that oximeters were being manufactured locally and sold as expensively as Rs 4000. During investigation and raid at the Amritalal Mukherjee Road at Thakurpukur, 30 such assembled pieces and 100 other partially manufactured oximeters were seized by our team,” said DC Kankar prasad Barui as per Times of India.
In the meantime, wearable smartwatches with biometric sensors and bite-sized oximeters to monitor one’s vitals steadily became staple items during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘CarePlix Vital’s’, a smartphone application developed by CareNow Healthcare, allows one to view oxygen saturation (SpO2), pulse and respiration rates by placing a finger on the smartphone’s rear camera and flashlight.Lear More
Police also recover printers, a computer and laminators from possession of accused, including a woman.
Police on Wednesday claimed to have busted a gang involved in manufacturing of fake currency and arrested four persons, including a woman, with counterfeit bills to the tune of ₹1.99 lakh.
The accused were identified as Jasvir Singh, Harwinder Singh and Ravi of Sangrur district and Piarjeet Kaur of Patiala city.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sandeep Kumar Garg said they also recovered printers, a computer and laminators from their possession.
“Acting on a tip-off, a police team conducted a raid and arrested the suspects from the spot. During interrogation, it came to the fore that Jasvir, who was earlier involved in such cases, had formed the gang after coming out on bail last year,” he said.
Garg said the fake currency seemed to have been prepared using very high-quality equipment.
“There is little difference between the notes they made and the genuine ones. Shopkeepers are liable to be easily cheated with such bills,” he added.Lear More
Bengaluru: On Friday, in a fresh incident, a team of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence from Bengaluru has arrested two members of a gang smuggling gold bars worth Rs 4.7 crore. The Bangaluru revenue intelligence department’s sleuths nabbed the two men in Chitradurga after a 30-minute chase.
After being suspicious of the car, the DRI team chased down the smugglers on the outskirts of Chitradurga town, including the driver. Both the passengers have been identified in their early 30s.
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence team sleuths have got the input that large quantities of gold were being smuggled from Kerala to Andhra Pradesh via Karnataka. After that, a search was launched to trace the consignment.
As per the report, gold was hidden in a secret cavity of the passenger seat of the sedan they were travelling in. Police estimated the weight of gold around 9.3 kg.
While commenting on the operation a Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officials said that on Friday they increased the surveillance after information of Kerala registration car is being used to transport gold. The DRI official added, ” Our team spotted the vehicle and attempted to stop it but the driver ran over the barricades and sped away,” as saying was quoted by the Times of India.Lear More
VIJAYAWADA: Despite partial curfew restrictions in place in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and increasing vigil at all check-posts, illegal transportation and smuggling of Non-Duty Paid Liquor (NDPL) seems to be continuing unabated for the past few months. More than 6,000 cases were filed against illegal liquor smuggling, three lakh bottles of NDPL worth around Rs 7 crore and around 3,500 vehicles were seized this year after the formation of SEB under the amended Prohibition and Excise Act, which is now in force in Andhra Pradesh as a part of government’s policy towards total alcohol prohibition.
The Krishna police have seized around 2,400 bottles of liquor from other States transported from Telangana to sell them in the black market at two places on Saturday. In the first incident, Hanuman Junction police raided a house and seized 838 bottles of NDPL from a person and arrested him. The police have raided the house followingff a tip-off that the accused was procuring liquor from Telangana via G Kondur and selling the same at higher prices.Lear More
Bengaluru: A team of DRI (Directorate of Revenue Intelligence) officials seized 9.5 kilograms of gold which was smuggled through the airports in Kerala.
The gold was seized on the Bengaluru city border. The DRI team chased the gold smugglers and nabbed them.
Two persons have been taken into custody in connection with the incident. More details regarding the incident is awaited.Lear More
BONGAIGAON: Following information, Bongaigaon district police seized a huge cache of fake currency notes on Saturday. This incident took place in Tupkachar area under Mererchar PS of Bongaigaon district on Friday night, police seized fake currency notes of value Rs 1,86,800. Swapnaneel Deka, Bongaigaon Superintendent of Police, said that police conducted raid in the house of a local named Abu Bakkar Siddiqi. “We recovered the money but Abu Bakkar Siddiqi managed to flee. We will nab him soon,” the SP said.
The SP added that a fake currency note racket was active in the border areas of Bongaigaon and Barpeta districts. “We have started investigation and we hope to bust the racket soon,” he said.Lear More