Friday, May 22, 2009

Monday blues for counterfeit goods syndicate

Night bazaars and trade fairs are commonly held in various locations in Singapore. Short of visiting a Magistrate at his home on a Saturday night, intellectual property rights owners are hard put to apply for the required search warrant to seize any counterfeit goods that they may have found.

Police assistance is therefore invaluable in these circumstances. On Monday, 4 May 2009, after months of investigations which revealed a syndicate’s involvement in these night bazaars, the Intellectual Property Rights Branch of the Singapore Police Force successfully conducted a 16-hour islandwide raid, in various suburbs of Singapore. More than 10,000 pieces of counterfeit sports and luxury goods were seized from make-shift stalls. The street value of the goods amounted to more than S$360,000.

Three women and a man between the ages of 27 and 51 were arrested for selling the counterfeit goods.

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