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OpSec News Round-Up 8/2/2011

Posted by admin on Aug 2, 2011 5:34:23 AM
Federal Agents Seize Downtown Mall Vendor


Federal agents on Friday arrested a former downtown mall shop owner for allegedly trafficking in counterfeit jewelry, clothing and other luxury goods.

Cem Kiyak, 42, of Roseville was indicted last month by a federal grand jury, which charged that he sold goods bearing counterfeit Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Armani marks from three kiosks he operated at the Westfield Downtown Plaza in Sacramento.

For full story, please visit The Sacramento Bee.

Blow to Italian Mafia as Fake Goods Ring Smashed


Sixty-four people have been arrested in ‘Operation Leatherface’ against a large branded goods falsification network linked to the Italian mafia, Guardia Civil said.

Another 60 people involved with the network have also been identified and international arrest warrants are being issued against them.

To read more, please visit Euro Weekly News.

Towyn Conman Sold Fake ‘Signed’ Football Shirts Online


An eBay scammer made £86,000 in five months selling fake sports memorabilia.
Christian Cassidy advertised football shirts signed by stars including Pele and Ryan Giggs, but he was actually signing them himself – together with the certificates of authenticity to show they were “genuine”.

At the time of the World Cup he advertised England shirts signed by the 18-strong squad.

For more on this story, please visit Daily Post North Wales.

Stansted Airport Officials Seize Fake Designer Clothing


Counterfeit designer clothing worth about £750,000 has been seized by the UK Border Agency during a month-long operation at Stansted Airport in Essex.

As part of the campaign officers seized approximately 15,000 items. All the fake goods had been flown to the airport from Turkey as freight.

To read more, please visit BBC News.

Police Seize Counterfeit Beverages


Police yesterday seized alleged counterfeit Garden Tea products in a crackdown on the sale of sham beverage products.

The fake tea reportedly from several distributors had been peddled on the market in various quantities. Cartons of alleged fake Garden Tea packs were seized during a mid-morning operation after a warrant of search filed by the Intellectual Property Division of city law firm, Muwema & Mugerwa Advocates, working on the instructions of Eagle Investments Ltd, manufacturers of Garden Tea.

For full story, please visit Daily Monitor.

FDA Warns of Counterfeit ‘Morning-After’ Pill


The Food and Drug Administration says the emergency "morning after" birth control pill Evital could be counterfeit and may not be safe or prevent pregnancy. The agency is asking women not to use the medication.

For full coverage, please visit CNN Health.

Wayne County Man Arrested in Federal Sting


Savannah, N.Y. - The FX Show “Sons of Anarchy” is as popular for its bad-boy image and the products that exploit it as it is for the episodes.  Federal Agents say Ryan Breen of Savannah in Wayne County tried to cash in.

According to court documents- Breen sold $325 dollars worth of T-shirts on June 17, and another set of shirts on June 23rd through his website company called Ventma.com.  Turns out both times the buyer was a special agent with the U-S Department of Homeland Security.

Breen has been charged with using the internet to traffic in counterfeit goods.

To read more, please visit 13WHAM.com.

Chinese Retailers Hijak the Ikea Experience in Fast-Growing West


KUNMING, China — Nestled in a sleepy southern district of Kunming city in southwest China, is a 10,000 square metre, four-storey building that could make Swedish furniture giant Ikea uneasy.

11 Furniture, as the store is known, copies Ikea's blue and yellow colour scheme, mock-up rooms, miniature pencils, signage and even its rocking chair designs. Its cafeteria-style restaurant, complete with minimalist wooden tables, has a familiar look, although the menu features Chinese-style braised minced pork and eggs instead of Ikea's Swedish meatballs and salmon.

This knock-off Ikea store is emblematic of a new wave of piracy sweeping through China. Increasingly sophisticated counterfeiters no longer just pump out fake luxury handbags, DVDs and sports shoes but replicate the look, feel and service of successful Western retail concepts -- in essence, pirating the entire brand experience.

For full story, please visit Calgary Herald.

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