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Fake Rolex and Cartier watches destined for NYC seized by feds

The clock’s run out on this counterfeit scheme.

Federal authorities seized tons of of pretend luxurious watches that, if actual, would have been valued at greater than $22.5 million, US Customs and Border Protection announced Monday.

A package deal of 584 fraudulent Rolex and Cartier watches was intercepted by CBP officers in Louisville on Thursday, based on the company. The cargo was despatched from Hong Kong and destined for Jamaica, Queens.

“Consumers are always looking for the best deal, the unfortunate part is criminals are also online pedaling their counterfeit products,” Louisville’s Port Director Thomas Mahn mentioned in an announcement. “Our CBP officers will continue to seize counterfeit items that threaten the safety and health of consumers and weaken the U.S. economy.”

The watches and different counterfeit items are usually bought in underground retailers and on third-party web sites that assist fund smugglers and organized crime members, based on CBP.

Both Cartier and Rolexes can price within the tons of of 1000’s of {dollars}.

“Our officers are dedicated to protecting private industry and consumers by removing these kinds of shipments from our commerce,” Director of Field Operations in Chicago LaFonda D. Sutton-Burke mentioned in an announcement.  

The seizure was certainly one of many to occur Thursday, based on CBP. Another cargo of six Richard Mille watches valued at $755,000, if actual, was additionally scooped by the feds.

No arrests have been introduced by the border patrol company.

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