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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2011
Officers raided multiple businesses Wednesday in Ocean City that are suspected of trafficking counterfeit goods, a federal official said. The Homeland Security Investigations division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was the lead agency handling the execution of search and seizure warrants for "counterfeit goods or services," said Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for ICE, in a statement. This case is not related to immigration issues, he said. No one was arrested during the searches for fake designer goods and at least some of the businesses searched were near the boardwalk, said Special Agent Rich Wolf, a spokesman for the FBI's Baltimore field office.
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BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2010
Ocean City's boardwalk is known for small shops hawking salt water taffy and souvenirs to vacation-goers. But a major luxury brand has accused more than a dozen shops of doing brisk trade in an illegal market: counterfeit handbags and accessories. Over two days in June, an investigator with Coach Inc. entered 13 stores overlooking the beach and bought counterfeit bags, wallets and other items for prices ranging from $20 to $75, according to lawsuits filed by Coach in federal court in Baltimore this week.
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop | tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | March 20, 2010
Nine people were indicted this week on federal charges that they smuggled millions of dollars' worth of counterfeit goods - including fake Nike sneakers, Coach handbags and even Viagra - into the country through the port of Baltimore. A sister investigation in London led to six arrests and the seizure of 50,000 phony items, the largest bust of its kind in England. "This was not a mom-and-pop organization; this was organized crime on a grand scale," John Morton, assistant secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Friday during a news conference to announce the indictment.
NEWS
By Jill Hudson and Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF | February 28, 1997
Two men who set up shop directly across from the state police barracks in Jessup are the first to be charged under a new state trademark counterfeiting law.Police said the two men are suspected of selling thousands of dollars in counterfeit designer goods -- Tommy Hilfiger sweat shirts and watches, Rolex watches and Disney T-shirts that came with Warner Brothers cartoon characters -- from their roadside stand y across the street from the Waterloo barracks on...
NEWS
By Ian Johnson and Ian Johnson,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | February 19, 1996
BEIJING -- Nuclear technology to Pakistan, missiles to Iran, a threatened invasion of Taiwan and consistent abuses of human rights -- all are irritants to China-U.S. relations.But what may finally push the United States into getting tough with China is a silver disk that sells on Beijing's streets for only $3 but is filled with thousands of dollars worth of U.S. software.Violations of intellectual property rights, the catch-all phrase that is often equated with pirated computer programs on CD-ROMs, is again pushing China and the United States toward a costly trade war.U.
SPORTS
By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,Staff Writer | July 14, 1993
It would be a shame, the detective said, if a little kid paid good money for an All-Star T-shirt and it turned to rags in the washing machine because it was counterfeit.Not to mention the millions of dollars Major League Baseball loses when vendors sell illegal merchandise emblazoned with pirated trademarks.That's why teams of Baltimore police officers, private detectives and a lawyer working for Major League Baseball were roaming sidewalks and parking lots around Camden Yards before and after last night's game.
BUSINESS
By Journal of Commerce | December 29, 1992
MIAMI -- Some Christmas gifts are not what they appear to be. To demonstrate this, Lou Marcos, a Customs Service agent, hoisted what looked like a designer-signed scarf off the table and shook it, so the bold logo stood out from the swirl of colorful paisley patterns."
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