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Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 10/19/2010

$36K in fake designer goods seized in Va.

By Washington Post editors

You might want to think twice before buying that knock-off scarf or that faux designer handbag on your next trip overseas.

Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection confiscated more than $36,000 worth of counterfeit designer scarves, purses, bracelets and sunglasses from airline employees using the Global Entry trusted traveler program.

One was caught last Tuesday with 53 counterfeit designer scarves, purses, bracelets and sunglasses that she reportedly purchased in China. Designer knockoffs included merchandise copied from Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Coach and Prada. A second airline employee was caught Thursday with 10 pairs of counterfeit Ray Ban sunglasses.

CBP officers seized the knock-offs and revoked both employees’ Global Entry privileges.

“It’s called a trusted traveler program because we place a significant amount of trust in enrollees to continue complying with all customs, agriculture and immigration laws,” said Christopher Hess, CBP Port Director for the Port of Washington. “Violators face consequences; most severe are the loss of their expedited processing privilege and possibly civil penalties or arrest.”

CBP is required to validate trusted traveler programs through random compliance inspections, and officers were conducting a compliance inspection when they discovered the counterfeit items. These are the eighth and ninth Global Entry compliance violations that CBP officers have discovered. All violators have been airline employees. Five of the nine violations were for possessing counterfeit merchandise.

By Washington Post editors  | October 19, 2010; 11:28 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  
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Comments

Can't believe that in today's society people are still paying a arm or a leg for a bag, purse or any other expensive item..Now days different is the best and it does not cost a lot...people are starving and people are giving this designers their money...

Posted by: shadon1 | October 19, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Can't believe that in today's society people are still paying a arm or a leg for a bag, purse or any other expensive item..Now days different is the best and it does not cost a lot...people are starving and people are giving this designers their money...

Posted by: shadon1
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I've never understood why so many of my people - many of them borderline poor - are willing to pay a premium to buy some cheap junk and provide a designer with what amounts to free advertising by showing off a design or a logo.

Especially when most of those designers are degenerates, drunks, and addicts who don't give a damn about the poor black people who buy their goods, like Tommy Stinkfinger who had Black kids chased off "his" beach in North Carolina.

Posted by: ceefer66 | October 19, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of race of the consumer I never understood people overspending to own a specific brand.
If someone cares about the type of car you drive or jeans you wear then they're probably not a person you'd be able to count on anyway.
When I worked for a bank in Bethesda I had a person working part-time for me so she could afford her BMW payment. How moronic is that? NEEDING a part-time job just to drive a status symbol.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | October 19, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

WOW!!! there are a lot of folks that want the status symbol bag, but can't afford the prices charged in most major department stores; so if you purchase a fake bag at a very reduced bag...I have no problems with it, & may even sell you one-as long as I've told you its not real.

Posted by: ahrj | October 19, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse


Even fairly wealthy people are buying fakes. So much so that now I believe most designer goods are counterfeit whenever I see someone wearing them. It's a situation that's disturbing on so many levels.

Posted by: JBinVA1 | October 20, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

For those of us who fly, sunglasses are a necessity and not a luxury. We can't afford to have "fake" sunglasses that won't protect our eyes properly.

I read an interesting article about How Important Are Aviator Sunglasses For Pilots recently that detailed why pilots need proper sunglasses to protect their most precious sensory asset - their eyes.

Posted by: randolphaviators | October 20, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

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