LONDON, ON, Jan. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Between December 1st, 2011 and January 12th, 2012, approximately $135,000 in counterfeit merchandise items were
seized throughout various communities located in Oxford, Elgin,
Middlesex, and Huron counties as part of Project OJINGLE. The London
Detachment Rural Unit of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police visited 40
locations and over 2500 items were either seized or voluntarily
relinquished to the RCMP for destruction.
The counterfeit items seized included jerseys, ball caps, toques,
t-shirts, hoodies, flags, belt buckles and blankets bearing various
unlicensed commercial logos such as National Hockey League, Nike, Louis
Vuitton, Coach, Gucci, Lacoste, and various other name brands.
Counterfeit goods - whether smuggled into the country or produced in
Canada - represent a financial loss to legitimate businesses,
governments and taxpayers. These goods are often cheaply made and not
up to Canadian standards therefore they not only defraud consumers, but
may also represent risks to consumer/user safety.
It is an offence in Canada to sell and distribute merchandise bearing
unlicensed or unregistered trademarks without the permission of the
trademark owner. Individuals involved in these types of activities
could face charges of fraud under the Criminal Code or charges under
the Copyright Act for offering for sale an infringing copy of work
where copyright subsists. If convicted, individuals could face
imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years under the Criminal Code
or fines up to twenty-five thousand dollars or imprisonment for a term
not exceeding six months (or both) under the Copyright Act.
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. Darren Morgan
Media Relation Officer
RCMP "O" Division
Office: (519) 645-4329 ext. 248
Cell: (519) 777-9035