Feds Seize More Than $1.2 Billion Worth of Counterfeit Items
|10.||Toys||$8,178,351||Less than 1%|
The seizures resulted in 683 arrests, 454 indictments and 461 convictions.
“These results are a testament to the efforts of the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, and the increased collaboration fostered by the [Intellectual Property Rights] Center,” Sarah Saldaña, ICE’s director, said in a statement. “To be clear, intellectual property theft is not a victimless crime. The victims are American businesses, and the employees whose jobs are dependent on IP-intensive industries. Counterfeiting is a crime of global proportions, and when property rights are violated, American jobs are lost, business profits are stolen and ultimately, consumers are cheated.”
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