Connect with us

Headlines

Feds Seize $9.6M in Fake Jewelry, Watches

The counterfeit goods bore names such as Tiffany, Bulgari and Rolex.

mm

Published

on

CINCINNATI — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Cincinnati last week seized two shipments of jewelry and watches that the agency deemed to be counterfeit.

The first shipment originated from Shenzen, China, and was destined to a private residence in Norcross, GA, according to a press release from the agency. Although it had a declared value of $315, the package held 171 items of jewelry or watches labeled as Versace, Michael Kors, Cartier, Salvatore Ferragamo, Dior, Tiffany, Bulgari, Armani, Hugo Boss, Burberry, Hublot, Patek Phillippe, Audemars Piguet, Louis Vuitton, Fossil, Omega or Rolex. Had the 171 items been genuine, the cumulative manufacturer’s suggested retail price would have been $8,419,017.

The second shipment came through a freight forwarder in Hong Kong and was destined to an individual in West Palm Beach, FL, according to the release. This shipment contained 113 counterfeit Cartier bracelets with a total MSRP $1.17 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 Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie. “Our officers are dedicated to preventing counterfeiters from defrauding consumers and legitimate businesses.”

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials

Is It Your Time to Enjoy Life? Wilkerson Can Get You There.

Mary and Tim Whalen, owners of Crown Jewelers in Pittsfield, Mass., wanted to enjoy life beyond their business. When they decided to retire and close shop, they asked Wilkerson to handle the sale. As long-time Wilkerson customers, Mary says she knew the company could manage all the details of the liquidation. It was also great to have “fresh eyes” on their business, says Mary, which “worked tremendously for us.” Today, the Whalens are beginning a new adventure but are quick to commend Wilkerson for helping them get there. “You have one chance to get it right,” she says about their retirement sale. “Do it right.”

Promoted Headlines

Most Popular