Counterfeit goods seized at Fisherman’s Wharf

Counterfeit goods seized at Fisherman's Wharf
Sometimes it’s a replica, and sometimes it’s real,
as in "really a fake"

In 2007, U.S. Customs agents intercepted a suspicious shipping container at the port of Oakland, California, and found over 50,000 counterfeit items. They traced them to shops at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. After a long investigation, where undercover agents were sometimes told by a salesperson, "Yes, this is a counterfeit," 10 people were arrested, all apparently Chinese, and many related to each other through business or family relationships. The counterfeits were illegally imported from China.

Authorities seized 230,000 fake items. What types of goods were found?

Clothing, handbags, wallets, jewelry, watches, scarves, sunglasses and shoes.

What were some of the designer brands that were copied?

Oakley, Dooney and Bourke, Nike, Coach, Kate Spade, Armani, Burberry, Prada and Louis Vuitton.

And which country manufactures some of these authentic designer brands that were copied?


The suspects have been charged with conspiracy, smuggling goods into the United States, and trafficking in counterfeit goods.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement>>

(And in the amusing coincidence department, while I was writing this post, an email written by "ben zulz" slipped by my spam filter and touted: Replica Watches! $135 & under`Rolex,Guccu,Movada,Breitling,Tag+More`)

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