Fake NHL gear worth $180,000 seized around Stanley Cup final
AP News | Jun 20, 2015
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal authorities say they seized counterfeit NHL merchandise worth an estimated $180,000 in the days surrounding the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup victory.
The operation was handled by the Homeland Security Investigations unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It focused on catching illegal vendors near the Blackhawks’ home ice at the United Center and Amalie Arena, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The thousands of seized items included fake jerseys, caps and other memorabilia.
James Gibbons is acting special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Chicago. He says that “during every major sporting event … criminal groups capitalize on the enthusiasm of fans by selling them counterfeit team merchandise.”
He adds that “intellectual property theft is a very real crime with very real victims.”
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Look Out For Fake NHL Gear
This is a real shame that this still goes on. Don’t these people think about who they are hurting, the fans? Parents and kids end up totally disappointed. Authentic NHL jerseys, hats, T-Shirts and Stanley Cup apparel is expensive enough. Then you find out that you were ripped off and got fake NHL gear. Just terrible, especially for kids. They think they are getting something identical to what their idol wears and then find out it’s not true.
Ways to ensure you are getting the real deal
Make sure that when buying this type of apparel they are purchased from someone who has the authority from the sports league and the team to sell their products. Be wary of shady sellers because they are probably selling fake NHL gear. That is why the companies we work with are licensed to sell official NHL apparel. If you have time feel free to look around some more. Leave a comment us telling us how we are doing.
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