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Knockoff Report™ #604

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Customs Seizes $2 Million Worth of ‘Counterfeit’ Glock Mags

Officials Warn of Rising Deaths in Ottawa from Counterfeit Drugs

Megadowner: ‘Kim Dotcom May be Extradited to US Amid Intellectual Property Rights War’

Counterfeit Cosmetics Seizure in China Worth Over $120 Million

How Will Trump Handle Intellectual Property Disputes With China?

Chanel Alleges Amazon Sellers Offer Counterfeit Products

Colourmix Retailer fined Over Counterfeit Bioderma Make-up Remover

Kenya Says New System to Fight Counterfeit Phones, Not to Monitor Users

LA Busines Makin Bacon Facing Ruin From Chinese Knockoffs Sold on Amazon

Derry Bar Fined for Selling Counterfeit Vodka

Sharjah Economic Development Department Seizes 17,800 Counterfeit Products

Rubin Museum of Art co-chair Claims Couple Conned her Into Paying $18M for Knockoffs of Ancient Indian Jewelry

UNC Warns Fans of Counterfeit Tickets

Counterfeit Pesticides Damage EU Economy

Cambodian Vendors Scatter as Thailand Cracks on Knockoffs

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Alibaba Failing to Deliver in Fight Against Fakes, Say Brands

Counterfeit Painkillers Bought on Dark Web Contributing to Spike in Overdoses

Counterfeit Electronics Rule Would Let Contractors Recover Costs

Amazon To Charge Thousands To Prevent Counterfeit Sales

Thousands of Fake Ferragamo Shoes Seized at LA Ports

Alec Baldwin Sues Over Counterfeit Painting

With Football Season Underway, Beware of Counterfeit Tickets

Ray Kurzweil: Accelerating Tech Is Making Old Intellectual Property Laws Obsolete

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Owner of Online Colored Contact Lens Store Pleads Guilty To Importing & Selling Counterfeit Lenses

2 Arrested in Madera County for Selling Illegal Medicine, Counterfeit Clothing

P8 Million Worth of Counterfeit Valves Seized in Manila

Counterfeit Parts Of Aircraft And Defense Products Could Proliferate Through 3D Printing

Book Review: Are You Eating Counterfeit Food?

Fake Britain: Dangerous Counterfeit Xenon Bulbs are Being Sold Online

CBP Seizes 7,800 Pairs of Counterfeit Shoes from China

More than 1,300 Counterfeit Wallets, Bags Seized in Singapore

Counterfeit Lanterns and Toys Seized by Customs Ahead of Mid-Autumn Festival

DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY: Counterfeit products showing up online

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks at First Redeemer Church while on a campaign tour in Cumming, Georgia, February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR2YHDBNewt Gingrich Says China Stole $360 Billion in Intellectual Property From U.S.

Chinese National Admits Selling More Than $1 Million in Counterfeit Cell Phone Parts

Counterfeit Merch More Common as Raptors Make Final Four: NBA

Man Indicted in ‘Illicit Enterprise’ Selling Counterfeit Cavs, Springsteen Tickets

To End Gear Counterfeiting, We Have to Stop Lying to Ourselves

Alibaba Membership of Anti-Counterfeit Group Suspended Amid Conflict Claims

Brands Are Revolting Over Alibaba’s Membership in an Anti-Counterfeiting Group

Alibaba Promises to Crack Down on Counterfeiting – Will Luxury Brands Buy It?

Alibaba’s Jack Ma Skips Anti-Counterfeit Convention

Waterville Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Counterfeit Coins

Drug Bust Reveals Fentanyl Being Sold as Counterfeit Heroin

Counterfeit Cigarettes Flooding Britain Contain 500 TIMES as Much Killer Toxin

Counterfeits Are on the Rise, So Too Are Anti-Counterfeiting Technologies

An Oncologist Who Prosecutors Say Gave His Patients a Counterfeit Chemotherapy Drug Has Paid a $300,000 Settlement to the United States

Knockoff Report™ #587 - Chris SaccaBillionaire Throws Tantrum After Being Denied Entry to ‘Hamilton’

Kyocera Haul of Counterfeit Gear Worth €5m

Former RCSD Sentenced for Allegedly Selling Counterfeit Purses, Rolex Watches

Knockoff: Another Day at the Office — on Canal Street With Counterfeit Vendors

Counterfeit Gold and Silver Coins Burning Buyers

US to Challenge Fake Olive Oil But Counterfeit Foods Remain a Worldwide Problem

Four Booked for Selling Counterfeit Sports Gear in India

Soulbury Farm at the Centre of £600k Counterfeit Tobacco Fraud

Packets of Counterfeit Tata Salt Siezed

Kenya: Agency Turns to Techies in War Against Counterfeit Goods

Counterfeit Viagra Seizures Triple, Says MHRA

Tanzania: Watch That Counterfeit Phone, TCRA Cautions

Lagos Court Jails Man 5 Years for Selling Counterfeit Drugs

I TEAM: Counterfeit Cavs Tickets Indictment

Counterfeit Cancer Drug Discovered in Some Foreign Countries

Los Angeles Authorities’ Counterfeit Crusade

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Man Who Brought Fake Chips to Atlantic City Poker Tournament Gets Prison

Feds Raid Counterfeit Shop in Downtown Los Angeles

Judge ‘Troubled’ By His Own Ruling in Amazon Counterfeit Goods Case, Says it’s an Issue for Congress to Address

Tens of Thousands of Counterfeit Wheels Made in China are on Australian Roads, Experts Warn

Two Santa Cruz County Men Die From Counterfeit Xanax

Santa Cruz Police Arrest Man Involved in Deadly Counterfeit Xanax Case

30,000 Counterfeit Designer Goods Seized in Abu Dhabi Flats

Alibaba’s Global Ambitions Face Counterfeit Challenge

Indian Convicted for Selling Counterfeit Cigarettes in US

Toyota Has Issued a Warning About Thousands of Counterfeit Brake Pads Containing Deadly Asbestos

China to Enhance Crackdown on Infringement, Counterfeit on Internet

Fakers Gonna Fake: Counterfeit Goods Threaten Alibaba’s Rise Abroad

UGG Turns Up The Heat On Counterfeit Protection

Boost to War on Counterfeit Drugs in Kenya as Agency Acquires Instant Testing Equipment

Dorset Trader Prosecuted for Selling Counterfeit Goods at Car Boot Sale

Virginia Man Caught With Counterfeit Designer Bags, Watches in Jersey City

Mount Prospect Man Admits Selling Counterfeit Sports Items

Fighting Counterfeit Goods Passing Through the Panama Canal

Counterfeit Asbestos Brake Pads Recalled

Two Busted for Selling Counterfeit Football Tickets

China Moves to Crack Down on Counterfeit Disney Products

Mercedes-Benz/Holden Counterfeit Wheel Pothole Test Cracking

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Evidence is Everything

May 30, 2011
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I was twelve years old when my father, Robert L. Holmes Sr., asked me to go along with him to purchase an MTV t-shirt at the Columbus Farmers Market in Columbus, NJ.  That day I learned what a chain of custody was.  The second an investigator touches an item (as fledgling as I was) the item was in custody.  Once that second begins so does the chain, sayeth the Old Man.  Once I first touched it I then must pass on, and communicate, that responsibility to the next individual who may touch the item.  Ever since that day in 1982 I realized that, once I touch something that was a part of a case, it was my responsibility until someone I deemed  responsible took possession and released me of Custody.

I was no Bobby Fisher but my Dad taught me, and I understood, chess at the age of four.  I played with him regularly and got the game.  He even let me win once.  One of the things I most remember from playing with the Old Man was that, after making a move,  I could take all the time I wanted.  I could even change my mind and move back.  But once I removed my finger from the game piece, my move was over and my decision forever made.

I have many philosophies; political, spiritual, professional and others.  Some of those ideals have been modified and influenced throughout the years.  Little did Bob know his philosophies would cross game play and flea markets and be the basis for my every move in business.  The one thing that will never change in my world is the fact that evidence must be preserved at all cost.

I recently found myself in extraordinary circumstances where I was forced to make some very quick decisions in a short period of time.  I was in the American Mid-west conducting a seizure out of town when opposing counsel made numerous threats that led my client and myself to believe we may be in danger.  At bare minimum, our evidence was for sure.  The decisions I made that night could possibly have impacted my Client’s life’s work.  Forget me and my safety.  Evidence is everything.  I know many of you would say that I am crazy to put a client, or their evidence, before myself.  That’s because you don’t get it.

One of the staples of modern American culture is the private eye.  Whether you reflect upon your real-life heroes like Rob Holmes or the fictional writings of greats like Raymond Chandler, Mickey Spillane, Robert B. Parker or Robert Crais, one thing is consistent: the case comes first.  This is not just television and movies.  Real private eyes are a unique breed just like our fictional counterparts.  Sometimes art imitates life and sometimes life imitates art.  But, once retained by a client, a private eye puts the case before himself.  We don’t have certifications and diplomas that doctors and lawyers have to influence the public’s perception of our image.  We have but one thing: our integrity.  That, sir, is everything.