OAKLAND – During last Monday night’s Oakland Raiders football game, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement – best known for targeting undocumented immigrants – instead turned their attention to counterfeit sports equipment.
The agency’s Homeland Security Investigation Unit confiscated nearly $ 11,000 in counterfeit goods, according to a Press release.
HSI San Francisco is committed to year-round intellectual property theft investigations, and preventing the sale of counterfeit goods at the Oakland Raiders home opening is just one example of the HSI’s work to make sure the public is buying legitimate products, ”Tatum said. King, a special agent in charge of HSI in San Francisco and Northern California, said in a statement.
Counterfeits, which often contain substandard materials, mean lost income and jobs for licensed manufacturers, King said.
ICE urged fans to shop at official teams stores and watch for torn labels or irregular markings.
“Oakland Raiders fans who attend Game 1 of the season deserve genuine merchandise and the counterfeit proceeds end up in the hands of transnational criminal organizations engaged in various types of illegal activity,” King said.
The operation was conducted in partnership with NFL brand security officials and state and local law enforcement officers, the statement said. The Oakland Police Department said he was not involved.
Harry Harris contributed to this report.