13 people arrested and 4,000 counterfeit items confiscated in Benidorm
The National Police arrested 13 people and intervened more than 4,000 counterfeit items in Benidorm
The police inspected 13 shops in the Rincón de Loix area and estimate that the counterfeit goods were valued at over 280,000 euros.
National Police arrested 13 people in as alleged perpetrators of a crime against industrial property, in an operation in which more than 4,000 counterfeit items have been seized, police sources have reported in a statement. Those arrested are of Chinese nationality, Nepalese, Hindu, Pakistani and Spanish and aged between 35 and 65.
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The operation which focused on the fight against the sale of counterfeit products in the different street markets and shops in the town, consisted of more than 35 agents belonging to the Brigade of Judicial Police, supported by agents of the Unit of Prevention and Reaction and of the Unit of National Police Attached to the Valencian Community.
The agents in charge of the investigation planned and executed the operation on the day when the premises were receiving the goods, so it was proceeded simultaneously in various locations in the city of Benidorm mostly in the Rincon de Loix.
The agents intervened some 4,000 counterfeit effects, among which were clothes, perfumes, wallets, handbags, watches, effects identical to the originals. The sale of these items would have produced an estimated damage to the brands of more than 280,000 euros. The 13 detainees were released after giving evidence at the police station, and await to be summoned by the court.
Earlier this month on 3rd July – Police arrest 12 people for selling counterfeit goods
Recognition by a trademark association
Sources have added that the Association of Brands REACT Spain, a global association that brings together numerous prestigious brands united in the fight against counterfeiting, have delivered a commemorative plaque to the Police Station of the National Police in Benidorm, in recognition for the fight against counterfeiting carried out by the agents that are part of it. In the last year, the Judicial Police Group of Benidorm has arrested almost a hundred people for crimes related to industrial and intellectual property, intervening more than 150,000 articles that generated for the brands an estimated loss of 7 million euros.
According to data from the Intellectual Property Office of the European Union (EUIPO) , based in Alicante, each year around 23,200 million euros are lost due to counterfeit clothing, footwear and accessories, which is equivalent to 8 , 1% of the sales of the sector and supposes the loss of more than 394,000 jobs. If you add the indirect effects on other sectors and on the public collection, the losses of income for sales reach the 100,000 million, those caused to the labor market rise to almost 744,000 and, in addition, the public administrations fail to enter 15,000 million in concept of taxes such as VAT, Income Tax, Companies and on contributions.
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