Customs officers in the central Czech town of Ústí nad Orlicí have confiscated a shipment of 1,000 pairs of counterfeit shoes, designed to pass off as being from the company Gucci. According to reports, the losses incurred for such copyright infringement is estimated at 14 million crowns. The shoes were to be imported to a distributor in Brno, who could now face a fine of up to 100,000 crowns. More than 68,000 pairs of counterfeit brand name shoes have been confiscated in this region of the Czech Republic this year alone according to ČTK.
The Czech Trade Inspectorate discovered 342 counterfeit shoes in a store in Prague's Narodní Třída, it was revealed on Wednesday. Fake brands, including Tommy Hilfiger, Holister, Abercrombie&Fitch, La Martina, Burberry and Lacoste were reportedly being sold with a total street value of 1 million crowns. The raid occurred last week and also involved experts in copyright law on the scene. Counterfeit goods continue to pose a challenge across the Czech Republic, particularly in the field of clothing.
Customs officials in western Bohemia have cracked down on a workshop producing counterfeit goods with a neighboring warehouse containing 90 million crowns worth of fakes by well-known international brands such as Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Armani. Officers confiscated over 3,000 textile products and 8,000 purses and handbags. Three people have been detained.
Police have cracked down on a gang of ID forgers, arresting eight people including two Slovak nationals. The gang was active in south Moravia where it forged passports and IDs for illegal migrants. According to a police spokeswoman the forgeries were of an exceptionally high quality and the gang was well-organized. A complete set of IDs per person, including a false driver’s license, was allegedly available for 3,000 to 4,000 euro.
Customs officers have confiscated thousands of knock-offs at a market place in the Znojmo region, in South Moravia. Among the goods found in the raid, which took place on Saturday, were fake designer watches, perfumes, and clothing with brand name logos. The exact retail value of the confiscated products will be determined on Monday, when experts evaluate the fake designer goods.
The Czech Trade Inspection office says its employees conducted four inspections on open air markets in Prague confiscating over 3,000 counterfeit products to the tune of over 3 million crowns. Most of the counterfeit goods are textile products and footwear sporting Burberry, Diesel, Adidas, Puma and Nike labels.
Police and customs officers have just made one of their biggest hauls of illegal bootleg liquor in recent times and broken up an organized gang that was apparently functioning for several months. The discovery in the eastern city of Ostrava could well have many Czechs taking a second look at cheap Christmas spirits bought off the back of a lorry or at market stalls.
The police have detained a 42-year-old woman from Dečin who printed over 500 counterfeit banknotes in the past three years, causing damage to the tune of hundreds of thousands of crowns. A police spokeswoman said the banknotes were among the best counterfeits the police had ever come across and were so difficult to detect that many of them were still in circulation. The woman has owned up to the crime and may face a sentence of five to ten years in jail.
Customs officials in Prague have uncovered one of the largest stocks of imitation brand-name goods in recent years. The 12,000 items were primarily women’s handbags and wallets of the labels Louis Vuitton and Burberry, originals of which would have fetched more than 250 million crowns on the market. Two people handling the goods at a storage facility in Prague 4 have been arrested; they were found when police investigated a faint light seen through the roof of the facility.
Customs police cracked down on three Prague open air markets on Saturday, confiscating a vast amount of fake goods. They were accompanied by Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek who said the fight against counterfeit goods and tax evasion was a big priority. Many of the predominantly Vietnamese stalls had to be opened by force because their owners had disappeared. The CTK news agency said customs police confiscated tens of thousands of packages containing fake goods produced in China. The exact amount – including a damage estimate – should be known within a week. Minister Kalousek said the raids on dishonest salespeople would intensify in the coming months.