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$6.9M of Fake Jewelry and Watches Seized in Cincinnati

The goods originated from Hong Kong.




U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Cincinnati seized three shipments of counterfeit jewelry and watches.

$6.9M of Fake Jewelry and Watches Seized in Cincinnati

Federal officers seized fake jewelry and watches in Cincinnati.

The first shipment originated from Hong Kong, and was destined to a residence in Richmond, VA, according to a press release from the agency.

Although it had a declared value of $319, the package held 275 assorted Cartier Love bracelets, the release stated. Had the 275 bracelets been genuine, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price would have been $3.27 million.

CBP officers seized a second shipment also arriving from in Hong Kong. Officers found 385 yellow gold Cartier bracelets and 115 white gold Cartier bracelets. These 500 counterfeit bracelets would have had a total MSRP of $3.2 million, had they been real.

“These large seizures illustrate the work our officers do every day to protect our country, its citizens, and the economy,” said LaFonda D. Sutton-Burke, director, field operations-Chicago Field Office. “Our officers are dedicated to preventing counterfeiters from defrauding consumers and legitimate businesses.”


On Aug. 5, CBP officers seized another shipment from Hong Kong containing 13 fake Rolex watches — 10 Cosmograph Daytona and three Yacht Master II. The watches were heading to a business in Mesquite, TX. Had they been genuine, the MSRP would have been over $405,000, according to CBP.




Celebrate Your Retirement with Wilkerson

For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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