Feds Seize $4M in Fake Goods in LA

Counterfeit jeans, apparel, athletic shoes snagged in holiday-themed crackdown

Counterfeiters looking to cash in on the holiday season topped federal officials' naughty list in a crackdown on illegal goods in Los Angeles.

As part of the Operation Holiday Hoax II, federal agents in LA seized more than $4 million worth of fake goods, including phony designer jeans, apparel and athletic shoes, said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on Thursday.

The knockoffs included brands such as True Religion, Gucci, Nike and the North Face, according to ICE.

"Counterfeiting remains a significant problem that demands strong enforcement efforts both here and abroad," said ICE Director John Morton. "Together, we've dealt a significant blow to counterfeiters worldwide while making a positive impact on American jobs here at home."

The operation, which ran from Nov. 1 to Dec. 16, took in more than $80 million worth of goods worldwide. Agents targeted stores, flea markets and swap meets in 66 U.S. cities, 55 Mexican cities and Seoul, South Korea, according to ICE.

ICE was assisted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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