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Investigators Seize $30m in Counterfeit Goods

Posted by Al Kiel on May 27, 2014 2:33:28 PM

By Laura Crimaldi
GLOBE STAFF   MAY 23, 2014

Raids carried out at two Lawrence flea markets over Mother’s Day weekend turned up about $30 million worth of bogus clothing, shoes, handbags, and electronics believed to have been counterfeit_bagsmanufactured in China and shipped to Massachusetts for sale, a federal official said Friday.

The seizure is the largest in the history of the Boston office of Homeland Security Investigations and provides a peek into the $650 billion world of product counterfeiting.

“This is not a victimless crime,” said Bruce Foucart, special agent in charge of the Boston office of Homeland Security Investigations, a division of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“It takes away jobs and it can be a serious threat to public safety,” he said.

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