Fake Rolex and Cartier watches destined for New York have been seized by the FBI


The time for this fake scheme is up.

Federal authorities seized hundreds of counterfeit luxury watches that, if genuine, would have been worth more than $22.5 million, US Customs and Border Protection said Monday.

A package containing 584 counterfeit Rolex and Cartier watches was intercepted by CBP officers in Louisville on Thursday, according to the agency. The shipment was sent from Hong Kong and was destined for Jamaica, Queens.

“Consumers are always looking for the best deal, the unfortunate thing is that criminals are also selling their counterfeit products online,” Louisville Port Director Thomas Mahn said in a statement. “Our CBP officers will continue to seize counterfeit items that threaten the safety and health of consumers and weaken the US economy.”

The watches and other counterfeit goods are typically sold in underground stores and on third-party websites that fund smugglers and organized crime, according to CBP.

Both Cartier and Rolexes can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“Our officials are dedicated to protecting private industry and consumers by removing these types of shipments from our commerce,” said D. Sutton-Burke, director of field operations at Chicago, LaFonda, in a statement.

According to CBP, the seizure was one of many that took place on Thursday. Another shipment of six Richard Mille watches, valued at $755,000 if genuine, was also captured by the Fed.

No arrests were announced by the border guards. Fake Rolex and Cartier watches destined for New York have been seized by the FBI


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