Arrests after police seize fake apparel
Singapore police and customs officers arrested two people after more than 6000 pieces of fake apparel were seized around the city.
The illicit goods had a street value estimated at in excess of $120,000 according to a statement by the law enforcement agencies.
The joint operation began when customs officers inspected a consignment suspected to contain counterfeit apparel at a warehouse in Pioneer Sector on February 5. Singapore Customs confirmed with the brand owners that the goods were counterfeit and subsequently seized the items.
Singapore police were alerted the following day and on February 8, officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), together with Singapore Customs, conducted simultaneous raids at the vicinities of Pioneer Sector and Jalan Berseh in a 14-hour operation.
The two people arrested, a man and a woman both aged 36, were charged with the importation and possession of counterfeit apparels for the purpose of trade.
Investigations are continuing.
In a statement, the two law enforcement agencies said they take a serious view on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) infringements “and will not hesitate to take action against perpetrators who showed blatant disregard for Singapore’s IPR laws”.
Anyone found guilty of importing, possessing or distributing goods with falsely applied trademark for the purpose of trade shall be liable to a fine of up to $100,000, five years imprisonment, or both.