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Eight arrested for selling counterfeit goods in Benidorm Shops

Eight arrested for selling counterfeit goods which included clothing, accessories, and face masks which were of identical appearance to those of well-known prestigious brands.

National Police officers have arrested eight people in Benidorm who ran different companies all located in the Rincon de Loix where counterfeit clothing and accessories of well-known brands in the sector were allegedly offered to the public.

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A total of 11 establishments were inspected with eight of the owners of these shops being arrested on charges of an alleged industrial property offence, two other owners were also investigated but not detained.

The investigation had began before the pandemic and was postponed because of it, but has now concluded with the intervention of about 3,000 counterfeit goods, mainly sports equipment, clothing, accessories, mostly bags, also due to its recent marketing, a significant number of counterfeit face masks have been involved in which characteristic and identical-looking graphics were used to those of well-known prestigious brands in the sector.

Eight arrested for selling counterfeit goods

In a first phase of the operation, discrete monitoring was carried out in order to locate and focus the places where counterfeit goods could be offered, and then inspections carried out on these  establishments.

During the intervention, the agents of Group V of the Judicial Police of the Benidorm Police Station were accompanied by an expert of the injured brands in order to have their advice to discern whether the products offered to the general public were counterfeit products.

The detainees of Chinese and Indian nationalities between the ages of 36 and 47 were heard in return at the premises of the Benidorm Police Station, giving an account of everything that had been done to the Court of Instruction of the Guard of that town.

Please note the article above has been translated from Spanish to English so some detail may be lost in this translation, read the original article at DiarioInformation

*Authorities caution against buying fake goods. Not only do they impact local sectors by leading to unemployment in the long run through not paying tax and subverting the formal economy, they are sometimes of a substandard quality.

They are often produced in factories with the most appalling conditions.

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