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     FrontPage Edition: Sun 23 July 2006

Police bust Orchard Underpass counterfeit syndicates


Orchard Underpass Counterfeit Syndicates Busted
In a 14-hour island-wide operation conducted from 2.00pm on 20 July 2006 to 4.00am on 21 July 2006 , Police busted 2 Mongolian syndicates involved in the sale of counterfeit luxury products.
A total of 4 locations - Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, Geylang Lorong 20, Bencoolen Street and Serangoon North Avenue 3, were raided in the operation.
A total of 11 Mongolian nationals, consisting of 7 males and 4 females aged between 15 and 36 years old, were arrested for offences under the Trade Marks Act.
More than 4,200 trade mark infringing luxury products comprising leather handbags, wallets and coin pouches with an estimated street value of about S$63,000 were seized.
In early 2006, Police received information on syndicated piracy activities along the Orchard underpass.
Investigations revealed that apart from the Orchard underpass, the syndicates also operated in the vicinities of Somerset MRT station, Bugis Village and other parts of Singapore with high human traffic.
The syndicates would obtain the counterfeit items from overseas and arrange for their members to bring them into Singapore .
This operation exemplifies Police's capability in dealing with syndicates and has created a severe dent in the high-end counterfeits scene. Police will continue to clamp down hard on such syndicates involved in the sale of counterfeit products and will spare no effort in bringing those responsible to justice.
21 July 2006 @ 7.00 pm

Source: Media Release 21 Jul 2006

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