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Man charged for counterfeiting racket

HONGKOU District prosecutors have charged a suspected counterfeit seller who was caught stocking a wide range of counterfeit goods worth 10.94 million yuan (US$1.67 million).

The suspect, surnamed Chen, rented a stall on Qipu Road - which is well known for selling small commodities - to sell fake goods and a residential room nearby to stock his products in March 2010, prosecutors alleged.

Police seized 1,470 counterfeit watches, bags and leather belts. The total value reached 10.94 million yuan, as prosecutors set the value of a fake item based on the price of a genuine one.

The Shanghai Prosecutors' Office said yesterday that local prosecutors have charged 47 suspects involved in 25 intellectual property rights violation cases this month. Goods worth nearly 50 million yuan were involved in the cases.

Altogether 120 suspects in 82 cases have been charged by local prosecutors since a national -campaign against intellectual property -infringement started last October, the office said.

"In some counterfeiting cases, the gangs were well organized and there was a clear work division in production, transport and sale," said Lin Zhongming, a prosecutor with the office.

Pudong New Area prosecutors also charged two men with selling fake Expo-related commodities.

One of the suspects, surnamed Li, took advantage of his work inside the Expo site to hide fake Expo commodities in waste disposal vehicles and transport them into the site, where they were then sold.


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