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OpSec News Round-Up 10/27/2011

Posted by admin on Oct 27, 2011 7:02:33 AM
Guilty Pleas in Counterfeit Rifle Sights Case

10/27

FULLERTON, Calif. -- A Southern California businessman and his office manager have pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit high-tech rifle sights over the Internet.

Orange County prosecutors say 65-year-old Isaac Cheuk Hang Tse, a co-owner of Anaheim-based Field Sports, and 34-year-old Pao Sheng Yang pleaded guilty Tuesday to selling counterfeit goods and possessing an assault weapon, both misdemeanors.

For full story, please visit The Sacramento Bee.

Man Pleads Guilty to Having Counterfeit Sneakers

10/27

An African man pleaded guilty Monday to having dozens of counterfeit Nike tennis shoes and will likely be deported following the crime.

Alio Ango, 39, of Wind Road, Greensboro, pleaded guilty to felony criminal use of a counterfeit trademark. Graham police charged him with possession of 77 pairs of counterfeit Nike sneakers on Aug. 29, 2010. Ango was arrested April 19 and remained in the Alamance County jail until Monday’s hearing.

Following the hearing, Alamance County Assistant District Attorney Larry Brown said Graham police didn’t have evidence that Ango was selling the shoes, only that they were counterfeited and he had possession of them.

To read more on this story, please visit The Times News.

CPA Calls for Crackdown on Illegal Pesticides Trade

10/27

The UK Crop Protection Association has called for a crackdown on the trade in illegal pesticides from China.

Dominic Dyer, the CPA's chief executive, said urgent action was needed to stamp out the growing global trade in illegal, untested and unregulated pesticide products, which were increasingly being targeted at the European market.

Speaking at a crop protection conference in Shanghai, Mr Dyer urged Chinese authorities to take action against companies who were making and trading in counterfeit pesticides.

"The Chinese Government and crop protection industry must take firmer action to stop the illegal spread of counterfeit pesticides," said Mr Dyer.

"These products often contain substances which are banned in Europe, use inferior packaging which is liable to leak posing operator health and disposal problems, and can potentially damage crops and ruin farmers' livelihoods."

For full story, please visit Farmer's Weekly.

A Million Chinese Employed to Crackdown on Fake Goods

10/26

Cheap fake goods from China will soon be wiped out, the head of Chinese international trade said in Perth yesterday.

In a sign of the Chinese Government's intention to crack down on the black market, there were about 1 million people employed to remove fake goods from Chinese streets, according to the vice-chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Wang Jinzhen.

China is arguably the counterfeit capital of the world, attracting much criticism from high-profile designers and entrepreneurs for the proliferation of replica items as vast as t-shirts, CDs and DVDs, handbags and jewellery.

To read more on this story, please visit The Sydney Morning Herald.

Fake Battle Gets Real

10/26

Most people associate fake goods with poorly copied designer handbags or pirated DVDs.

But counterfeiters today are copying a host of other items as well, including toys, and the result can be more serious than a broken strap or skipping movie.

"If you think of children's toys made with material that can be harmful to human beings, like lead or mercury or paint … It's very dangerous," says Abdulla Hasayen, the chairman of the Brand Owners' Protection Group (BOPG) and anti-counterfeiting manager for the Middle East and Africa region at Nokia.

Food and pharmaceuticals are other sectors in which counterfeiters are playing copycat with dangerous consequences. Fake drugs, for instance, do not contain many of the ingredients they claim to have and, in some cases, include dangerous elements.

To read more on this story, please visit The National.

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