Featured Articles about Counterfeit Goods
District Judge Paul Huck in Miami sentenced Lizhou Shao to just over three years in prison and Li Fen Fu to two and a half years for selling fake Gucci handbags, Rolex watches, Nike baseball caps and other counterfeit merchandise out of a Miami Dade warehouse and at the Opa Locka Flea Market. A Hewlett Packard Corp. investigator told Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives in November that PCK International, 174 Riviera Circle, was repackaging old printer cartridges and selling them over the Internet as new Hewlett Packard cartridges, said Liz Calzadilla Fiallo, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office. District Judge Norman C. Roettger ruled John Torkingtron should not face counterfeiting charges after hearing the argument that selling a replica of a Rolex watch is not trafficking in counterfeit goods, according to Torkingtons attorney, Stephen Broudy. Police arrested Peter Gross, 79, a former magician, on Tuesday after they seized counterfeit designer items in every room of his West Palm Beach home. The retail value of the items, including labels by Rolex, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo and Chanel, total $19,483. Maida Boynton told customers up front they were buying copies, and when she was arrested Wednesday, she told detectives she didn’t know she was doing anything wrong, officials said. Boynton, 54, of Loxahatchee, is charged with vending goods with counterfeit marks and labels and possession of forged or counterfeit goods. Customs Service agent from Lauderhill was charged on Tuesday with money laundering and trafficking in counterfeit goods. Agent Paul Arzola, 32, is accused of laundering money through accounts he opened at Primerica Financial Services in Coral Springs, where he worked part time. Customs Service agents said. Their organization served wholesalers and flea market merchants nationwide, said Greg Jansen, Customs Service resident agent in charge in Fort Lauderdale.