Harrisburg man caught with $250,000 in counterfeit watches, handbags and sunglasses, feds say

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A Harrisburg man who arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport from Dubai, United Arab Emirates with counterfeit designer watches, handbags and sunglasses probably wishes he could turn back time.

United States Customs and Border Protection Officers seized 18 counterfeit designer-brand wristwatches in Dulles on Tuesday worth about $250,000 if genuine.

The agency said the unidentified man arrived on March 20.

“During a baggage check, CBP officers inspected a plastic bag inside a suitcase and discovered watches, a Louis Vuitton handbag and Ray Ban sunglasses. the names of 10 designer brands, including Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Cartier and Rolex.

Officers suspected the products were fake and detained them for investigation. The agency said consumer products and retail experts Center of Excellence and Expertise “confirmed that the products violated intellectual property rights and officers seized the products on Tuesday,” March 29.

“CBP import specialists valued the counterfeit watches, Louis Vuitton handbag and two pairs of Ray Ban sunglasses at over $254,000, had they been genuine. All products were made in China and shipped to a seller in Pakistan where the traveler purchased them. »

“Counterfeit consumer goods violate U.S. intellectual property laws, steal revenue from brand owners, have the potential to harm U.S. consumers, and are never a good thing to pack if you’re headed for an arrivals inspection. customs and border protection,” Daniel said. Escobedo, CBP Regional Port Manager for the Washington, D.C. Regional Port

The agency said that in fiscal year 2021, it reported “20,252 seizures of counterfeit goods with an estimated value at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of more than $2.15 billion if the goods were authentic”.

Further, the agency said that “counterfeit products are often made with substandard materials under uncontrolled and unsanitary conditions and are labeled with false product information.”

The man has not yet been charged.

On March 29, 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than $250,000 worth of counterfeit wristwatches, sunglasses, and a designer brand handbag from a traveler. arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CBP Photo/Handout)

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