LONDON, ON, Sept. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - On Friday, September 14th members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police London Detachment
discovered vendors at the Western Fairgrounds in London that were in
possession of approximately 2800 items believed to be counterfeit
goods. The items were seized and the vendors were served with a
Counterfeit Product Notice.
Amongst the alleged counterfeit items were sunglasses, hats, t-shirts,
and purses bearing various unlicensed commercial logos including:
Apple, Dr. Dre, Monster, Dolce & Gabbana, Oakley, NHL, Harley Davidson,
Coach, Louis Vuitton and Prada. These items represent a significant
retail loss to the rights holders.
A Counterfeit Product Notice is a written warning, in lieu of criminal
charges, that educates merchants regarding offences associated to the
sale of counterfeit products. In the future, if the same vendor is
found in possession of counterfeit items, they may be charged under the
Trade-marks Act and the Criminal Code.
"The sale of counterfeit items negatively impacts the Canadian economy
through the loss of jobs and tax revenue. Counterfeit offences have
been linked to more serious issues such as child labor, drug
trafficking, organized crime" stated Staff Sergeant Steve Arthur,
acting Officer in Charge of the London RCMP Detachment, "the RCMP is
committed to eliminating this type of criminal activity through
education and enforcement."
The RCMP wishes to remind the Canadian public thatcounterfeit offences
also include the reproduction of safety certification and quality
assurance markings on products that do not meet Canadian health and
safety standards and as a result, the use of counterfeit products may
represent a danger to the consumer.
Anyone with information regarding the sale and /or manufacturing of
counterfeit merchandise is asked to contact the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020
or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-265-4444.
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information:
Cpl. D'Arcy Cartier
Media Relations Officer
RCMP "O" Division
Office: (519) 645-4329 ext. 238