Package of counterfeit championship rings worth $ 495,000 that was intercepted in Indianapolis

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Package of counterfeit championship rings worth $ 495,000 that was intercepted in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (WXIN) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials in Indianapolis last week seized a shipment containing hundreds of counterfeit championship sports rings.

The shipment of 330 counterfeit rings was destined for a store in Texas.

The package was flagged for checking for irregularities in shipping and forwarding information, officials said.

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The fake rings were for a mix of MLB, NBA, NFL, and college football teams:

Los Angeles Lakers (117), Dallas Cowboys (73), Pittsburg Steelers (53), New England Patriots (17), Dallas Mavericks (9), Chicago Bulls (10), Kansas City Chiefs (9), Chicago Bears (10) , Philadelphia Eagles (3), St. Louis Cardinals (10), NY Yankees (9) and Texas A&M (10).

They have been sent to an import specialist for assessment. The specialist found that the rings were poorly packaged and felt plastic.

If the rings were real, they would supposedly have been worth $ 495,000.

“Shows like this are preying on the many sports fans across the country who may be tempted to pay high garbage prices,” said Kerry Carter, Indianapolis’ acting director of ports. “I am very proud of these officers’ determination to stop illegal shipments and our commitment to protecting the American economy.”

According to official figures, the growth of e-commerce over the past five years has resulted in increasingly competitive online shopping via international mail. CBP encourages anyone with trademark or copyright infringement information to submit a report to e-Allegations’ online trade infringement reporting system or to call 1-800-BE-ALERT.