$36K in fake designer goods seized in Va.
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.
Washington Post editors
| October 19, 2010; 11:28 AM ET
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