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$8.7M in Fake Jewelry Seized in Cincinnati and Indianapolis

It arrived in 4 large shipments.




CINCINNATI — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Cincinnati and Indianapolis seized four large shipments of counterfeit jewelry.

$8.7M in Fake Jewelry Seized in Cincinnati and Indianapolis

Federal officers in Indianapolis and Cincinnati seized several shipments containing counterfeit jewelry.

In all, the jewelry would have been worth $8.7 if it were genuine.

On Dec. 24, CBP officers in Cincinnati seized a shipment containing 13,467 pieces of counterfeit jewelry bearing trademarks of Bvlgari, Cartier, Coach, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Rolex, Tiffany, Tori Burch and Versace. The jewelry, which came from China, would have been worth a total of $3,7 million had it been genuine.

Eleven days later, Indianapolis CBP stopped a shipment of 1,272 pieces of counterfeit jewelry bearing trademarks from multiple brands valued at $2.1 million. The following day, Indianapolis officers seized two shipments, one containing 278 items of counterfeit Cartier and Hermes bracelets and the other 1,680 items bearing trademarks including Chanel, Dior, Pandora, Prada and Tiffany. The shipments would have been worth $2 million and $900,000, respectively, had they been real.

The packages were headed to private residences in Laredo, TX; Omaha, NE; and White Plains, NY.


“This is just another example of the work our officers do to protect consumers and the U.S. economy,” said LaFonda D. Sutton-Burke, director of field operations for Chicago. “As consumers increasingly purchase from online or third-party vendors, our officers are at the frontline to guard against defrauders expecting to make money selling fake merchandise.”




When the Kids Have Their Own Careers, Wilkerson Can Help You to Retire

Alex and Gladys Rysman are the third generation to run Romm Jewelers in Brockton, Mass. And after many decades of service to the industry and their community, it was time to close the store and take advantage of some downtime. With three grown children who each had their own careers outside of the industry, they decided to call Wilkerson. Then, the Rysmans did what every jeweler should do: They called other retailers and asked about their own Wilkerson experience. “They all told us what a great experience it was and that’s what made us go with Wilkerson.” says Gladys Rysman. The results? Alex Rysman says he was impressed. “We exceeded whatever I expected to do by a large margin.”

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