Mong Kok counterfeiting syndicate smashed
Hong Kong Customs smashed a Mong Kok counterfeiting syndicate this week, seizing suspected fake goods worth HK$3 million.
An operation codenamed “First Clap” focused on a group headquartered on Tung Choi Street. Five fixed hawker pitches and five storage facilities of suspected counterfeit goods were raided, resulting in the seizure of about 5000 suspected counterfeit goods including handbags, wallets and scarves.
Three men and three women were arrested, including two syndicate heads and four staff, aged from 16 to 48. Investigations are continuing.
This week’s operation followed a tip-off about the alleged sale of counterfeit goods at fixed hawker pitches in Mong Kok.
“With the assistance of the trademark owner and after an in-depth investigation, Customs officers took enforcement action,” a Customs spokesperson said.
Three tablets used by the Mong Kok counterfeiting syndicate to display photos of goods were also seized.
The divisional commander (IP general investigation), Peggy Tam, told a press conference yesterday that Customs would continue to step up inspection and enforcement to combat the sale of counterfeit goods.
“Consumers should procure goods at reputable shops and to check with the trademark owners or their authorised agents if the authenticity of a product is in doubt.”
She also reminded traders to be cautious and prudent in merchandising, since the sale of counterfeit goods is a serious crime and offenders are subject to criminal liability and a maximum penalty of $500,000 fine and five years’ imprisonment.