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Briton faces charges over fake goods

ABOUT 2,000 people have been charged this year for their links to cases solved by the city’s economic crime investigation unit, police said yesterday.

The cases involved goods worth 4 billion yuan (US$640 million), of which about 1.6 billion yuan has already been recovered, they said.

In one case, a British man in his 50s was accused of buying counterfeit goods in China over the past four years and shipping them back to the United Kingdom. If genuine the items would have had a retail value of more than 30 million yuan.

Police discovered he was part of a gang of five operating out of China and Britain. Shanghai police arrested two people here and cooperated with British officers who arrested the three others in the UK.

The Briton told police he was recruited to buy fake versions of high-end brands such as Chanel and Ray-Ban in China and ship them back home, where they were sold in bars in Liverpool, police said.


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