Sudbury RCMP seize $15,000.00 of Counterfeit Merchandise

SUDBURY, ON, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW/ - On Thursday, October 13th, 2011, as a result of an ongoing investigation, the Sudbury Detachment, Federal Enforcement Section of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police seized a large quantity of counterfeit cellular phone covers bearing various unlicensed commercial logos such as: Chanel, Coach, Burberry, Juicy Couture, Louis Vuitton, Betty Boop, National Hockey League, Billabong, Ferrari, Gucci, Apple, D & C and Babyphat.  The items were seized from a business located in a Sudbury Commercial Mall and the value of the seized merchandise is estimated at $15,000.00.

The vendor was served with three Counterfeit Product Notices.

A Counterfeit Product Notice is a written warning, in lieu of criminal charges, which serves to educate merchants in regards to offences associated to selling counterfeit products.  In the future, if the vendor is found in possession of counterfeit items, he could face charges under the Trade-marks Act and the Criminal Code.

Although the effects of making, distributing and/ purchasing counterfeited products may not be obvious, the general public, in one way or another, feel the repercussions of these activities in the form of: 

  • counterfeit products (knock offs) are usually made with substandard materials which could pose a threat to the public's health and /or safety. 
  • the sale and distribution of counterfeit products represent a substantial  loss of revenue for authorized local, national and international retailers and /or distributors.
  • in some cases, profits made by counterfeiters are used to finance organize crime groups.

If anyone has any information in regards to the manufacturing, shipping or distribution of counterfeit products, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or the Sudbury RCMP detachment at 705-671-0645.

SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police

For further information:

Cpl. Alain Bonhomme
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Sudbury Federal Enforcement Section
(705) 671-0645


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