Counterfeit watches sold over internet result in charges



    WINDSOR, ON, April 2 /CNW/ - On Thursday March 29, 2007 members of the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Federal Enforcement Section executed a search
warrant at a residence in the West end of Windsor. The search warrant was the
result of a three year investigation into the alleged sale of high end
counterfeit watches, by a local business man, that were being sold over the
internet to customers all over the world.
    CBSA Windsor and the Integrated Customs Enforcement Agency in Detroit
also assisted RCMP in the investigation. The investigation was the result of a
complaint received from Rolex Canada Limited.
    During the course of the investigation, investigators were able to
determine that over $1million USD in sales of these counterfeit watches were
sold. Watches being offered for sale were of a wide variety of high end
brands.
    Seized were 6 Rolex watches, 1 Tag Hauer watch and approximately 66 other
watches bearing various brand names such as Gucci, Versace, Louis Vuitton,
Ferrari, Channel and Omega.
    "Counterfeit goods represent a financial loss to legitimate businesses,
governments and taxpayers. These goods are often cheaply made and not up to
Canadian standards," stated Cpl. Anne Garneau of the Windsor Federal
Enforcement Section. Cpl. Garneau also stated, "Consumers should be very leery
of purchasing high end goods over the internet, especially if the goods are
not being sold by authorized dealers."
    Charged with several counts of offering for sale Copyrighted goods,
several counts of selling Copyrighted goods, under the Copyright Act and
numerous counts of attempting to defraud under the Criminal Code is:

    Michael GITTENS (Age: 28)
    Askin Ave, Windsor Ontario





For further information:

For further information: RCMP Contact: Cst. Annette Bernardon, Windsor
Detachment, (519) 948-5287


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