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Knockoff Report™ #594: Prince, Pokemon and Pakistan

Knockoff Report™ - Prince Might Have Been a Casualty of a Counterfeit Chinese Pill Problem Sweeping the NationPrince Might Have Been a Casualty of a Counterfeit Chinese Pill Problem Sweeping the Nation

Amazon, eBay and Alibaba Face Problem as Counterfeit Goods Reach $1.7 Trillion

Louboutin Handed Victory in Russian Counterfeit Cosmetics Case

Alexander Wang Wins $90 Million in Counterfeit Suit

DoD’s New Rule Helps Contractors from Buying Counterfeit Parts

Landlords to Counterfeit Traders Hit by e-Commerce IP Rules

Man and Woman Accused of Selling Counterfeit DVDs and CDs in Etowah County

CBP Officers Seize Counterfeit Goods at Rainer Rail Facility

Officials Think Counterfeit Master Key Could be Behind String of Mailbox Break-Ins

El Sobrante Woman Charged with Selling Counterfeit Designer Goods at San Francisco Store

Three Arrested in Hong Kong Customs Raid of Counterfeit Goods Operation in Mong Kok’s Ladies’ Market

Chinese Woman Held with Counterfeit Rum

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Philadelphia Man Pleads Guilty in Counterfeit Viagra and Cialis Case

Counterfeit Vodka Finding Leads to Suspended Sentence

Pakistan Minister Takes Potice of Counterfeit Liquor

The Cost of Counterfeit Goods Found in Nairobi Businessman’s Home Totals SH35M

Tata Motors Steps Up Its Fight Against Counterfeit Parts

Newcastle Authorities Bust Counterfeit Watch Dealer

BBB: Counterfeit Merchandise During the Rio Olympics

Shop Fined for Dangerous, Counterfeit Cigarettes

Manufacturers File Suit Against Importer Over Counterfeit Food Processors

Nigeria Warns of Counterfeit Quinine in Market

Counterfeit Alcohol Poses a Serious Threat to Consumers

Fighting Fakes: The Scary Truth About Counterfeiting in Manufacturing

Tanzania: Counterfeit Goods Worth 13.8 Million Impounded

Did Counterfeit Drugs Contribute to Prince’s Death?

Knockoff Report™ #578

Russia's Market Filled with Counterfeit Meat - Knockoff Report™ #578Russia’s Market Filled with Counterfeit Meat

How A Counterfeit Vintage Snowboard Almost Sold For $21,700

U.S. Warns Alibaba Again About Selling Counterfeit Goods

Cheap Counterfeit Goods Could be Funding Terrorism, Says Border Force

Adidas Asks Federal Judge to Shutter 285 Websites, Alleges Links to Counterfeit Goods

Puerto Rico Authorities Seize 10,000 Counterfeit Barbie Dolls

Bengals Counterfeit Ticket Concerns

Orange Bowl Officials Crack Down on Counterfeit Merchandise

Counterfeit Cheese, Fish And Vodka: Fake Food And Drinks Are A Very Real Problem

Counterfeit Coins and the Effects on Numismatics

3 Million Baht’s Worth of Counterfeit Bags Seized by Police in Pattaya

Couple Who Sold Counterfeit CDs on Ebay Told to Repay More Than £80,000

Counterfeit Swoop: HK$1m Worth of Fake Luxury Goods Seized by Customs at Shop in Admiralty

2 From North Carolina Caught With Counterfeit Merchandise in Jersey City, Cops Say

Warning Over Toxic Counterfeit Toys

2 Charged With Selling Stolen iPhones, Counterfeit Merchandise

Port of Norfolk Officials Seize 445 Hoverboards With Counterfeit Trademarks

Counterfeit Clothing and Cash Seized in Dublin Raid

54-Year-Old Man, Believed to be Head of Counterfeit Casino Chip Syndicate, Charged

Santa Fe Mayor Proposes Cultural District to Fight Counterfeit Native American Art

Bemidji Man Must Pay Profits For Counterfeit Goods Sales

Wine Scammer’s 10-year Sentence for Counterfeiting Upheld

Blindness Warning Over Fake Booze On Sale In UK

Knockoff Report™ #575

Alibaba Is Lobbying To Stay Off U.S. Blacklist For Selling Counterfeit Goods - Knockoff Report™ #575Alibaba Is Lobbying To Stay Off U.S. Blacklist For Selling Counterfeit Goods

How To Protect Against Counterfeiting: Register Your China Trademark With China Customs

Why Sneakerheads Are Buying Counterfeit Kicks

Wikileaks Release of TPP Deal Text Stokes ‘Freedom of Expression’ Fears

Your Fake Fendi Has a Human Cost: Indentured Servants Fuel Italy’s Knockoff Luxury Goods Market

eBay Seller Jailed for Trading £220,000 Worth of Counterfeit T-Shirts Over Six Years

Sip On This: That $10,000 (Or $30) Bottle Of Wine Might Be Fake

Cubs Fans, Beware Counterfeit Tickets

Report: Internet Fuels Rapid Expansion Of Counterfeit Goods

Stella McCartney Sues Steve Madden for Knockoff Bag

Belstaff Will Recieve $42 Million from Over 600 Counterfeit Websites

Deputies Bust Counterfeit Goods Operation at Bonita Flea Market

Cops: Driver of Van Filled With Counterfeit Goods is Jailed

When is a Knockoff a Rip-off? An Atlanta Artist Finds the Answer With a Lawsuit

Counterfeit Clothes Lead to Felony Charges for Business Owner

ICE Highlights Dangers of Illegal Decorative Contact Lenses

A Chinese Company is Producing Tesla Knockoffs

Officers Raid Armagh ‘Store’ Containing Counterfeit Clothing and Jewellery

Phuket Raid Nets B4m in Counterfeit Goods

Methuen Man Sentenced in Counterfeit Parts Scheme

Federal Grant to Help NC Fighting Counterfeit Goods

How Counterfeit Parts Turn Your Car into a Frankencar After An Accident

Knockoff Report™ #572: China, Football, eBay Lawsuit

eBay - IPCybercrimeChinese Spies Target U.S. Intellectual Property

Notre Dame Warns About Counterfeit Tickets for Texas Game

Irvine-Based Wimo Labs Files eBay Lawsuit, Alleging they Facilitated the Sale of Counterfeit Merchandise

First Defendant in Fake Cancer-Drug Case to Be Arraigned

Sayreville Couple Charged With Counterfeiting Designer Watches

Feds in Dallas Warn of Knockoff Products — Including Cancer Drugs — Hitting the Market

Counterfeit Goods Easily Available, But Not Always Easy to Spot

Oman Crime: ROP Seizes 3,000 Boxes of Counterfeit Cigarettes; Deports 70 Illegal Expats

Beijing Firm Accused of Selling Knockoff of Israeli AESA Radar

Counterfeit Tourniquets Found in New Hampshire

Counterfeit Mobile Phone Accessories: 2 Arrested in Raids

Iran’s Supreme Leader is not Happy About This McDonald’s Knockoff in Tehran

Don’t Waste Your Money: Counterfeit Cosmetics

BOOK REVIEW: Black Market Billions

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Rob Holmes and Best-selling author Hitha Prabhakar

As I do the last few days of every April I was preparing for the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition Spring Meeting.  Per my normal routine, I downloaded the agenda and devised a conference plan.  I noted that this year, unlike last, the conference had a host: Hitha Prabhakar, author of the new best seller Black Market Billions: How Organized Retail Crime Funds Global Terrorists.  In preparation of the possibility of carrying on a conversation with her, I decided to extend her the courtesy of purchasing the book on my favorite book site, audible.com.  Don’t laugh.  Come on.  You didn’t expect a narcissistic guy this hopped up on Starbucks to be able to sit down and actually read a book in three days, did you?  Besides, I love listening to non-fiction books.

Black Market Billions began with the author receiving an instant message from a friend offering her handbags for sale at a very attractive price.  Knowing that she is a full-time fashion reporter, the friend explained that the items he was selling ‘fell off the truck’.  What followed was a rabbit hole I was not expecting.  Most books that involve the world of counterfeit goods focus on the counterfeit goods industry (makes sense, doesn’t it?), but not this one.  In order to set the table properly to explain the role that counterfeit goods play in our society, Prabhakar first takes us deep into the varied world of shoplifting, human trafficking and Organized Retail Crime.

Knockoff Report - BOOK REVIEW Black Market Billions

Most of my readers know I grew up in the anti-counterfeiting industry so one may assume I was schooled in all of the ways counterfeit goods are tied to the dark parts of the world’s economy.  One would be wrong.  I knew all about cargo theft, human trafficking, parallel imports and (of course) product counterfeiting and cybercrime.  Although I knew that retail boosting existed, I didn’t know how organized it was and that it is directly tied to the same black market.  I know we can watch an episode of reality television to learn something new, but Black Market Billions added a new view to even this easily jaded joker.  Early on, she moves right to the ties between counterfeit goods and radical terrorists.  Some of these stories were cases I had worked on, so it hit home as closely as it was well-written.

Moving through the chapters, I first was trying to figure out where she was going because the structure was not organized like most books, where there would be claim, evidence, conclusion, rinse, repeat.  She told stories of individuals through their eyes and provided case studies with insight into their effect on these individuals.  As the book unfolded I felt myself engrossed in a story that I thought I knew but saw it in a different light.  Perhaps this insight was partially due to the fact that it was written by a woman.  The stories felt personal and the street crime was real as it was woven into the larger picture of Big Fashion.

I recommend this book, not only for those interested in anti-counterfeiting, but anyone who reads true crime or even thrillers.  Keep an eye on this author as well.  To top it all off, I did end up chatting with her at a party, so my reading it in time was worth it!

Now I’m going to finish my coffee.

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