Police seize $1bn worth of fake designer goods in New York - BBC News

New York prosecutors say it is the largest-ever seizure of counterfeit goods in US history.

16 hours agoShareclose panelShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, US Attorney's Office, Southern District of New YImage caption, Over 200,000 counterfeit goods were seized by authorities in New YorkBy Chloe KimBBC NewsAuthorities in New York have seized more than $1bn (£803m) worth of fake products, said to be the largest haul of counterfeit goods in US history.

Officials say they seized roughly 219,000 fake handbags, shoes and other luxury items in the massive haul.

Two men have been charged with trafficking the goods, which police say was done out of a storage locker in Manhattan.

If convicted, they face up to 10 years in prison.

"The trafficking of counterfeit goods is anything but a victimless crime," New York police commissioner Edward A Caban said in a statement. "It harms legitimate businesses, governments, and consumers."


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