US Immigration and Customs Enforcement nabs $20M in fake sports gear ahead of Super Bowl 51

Like clockwork, the week leading up to the Super Bowl has seen the federal government tear into the counterfeit sports gear element – this time seizing some $20 million worth of fake jerseys, hats, cell-phone accessories and thousands of other bogus items prepared to be sold to unsuspecting consumers.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) teams nabbed 260,000 counterfeit sports-related items during its annual, year-long Operation Team Player sting. Last year ICE seized nearly 450,000 phony items worth an estimated $39 million. In 2014 it grabbed 326,147 phony items worth more than $19.5 million.

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Source: NW Security 1