Exclusive: Man Arrested in Fed Crackdown on Fake Super Bowl Items
Law enforcement is cracking down on fake NFL items being sold as the Super Bowl approaches. In an exclusive, Fox News cameras were on scene during a raid.
Rick Leventhal reported that since last June, the feds have seized more than 200K phony hats, jerseys, t-shirts and other souvenirs, totaling more than $21 million dollars’ worth of counterfeit NFL merchandise. Sunday’s Super Bowl will take place at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
Leventhal was there when state police went undercover to raid a central New Jersey flee market. Despite being busted, the vendor tried to finish a sale. He was arrested and faces state counterfeiting charges.
Even though some items had tags that looked real, the feds say the holograms were wrong and the barcodes all had the same number. Cops told Leventhal it’s not unusual to find real merchandise mixed in with fake ones. “They help their profits by mixing in the legitimate stuff with the counterfeit stuff.”
The fake goods the vendor paid for will be confiscated and eventually destroyed.
The best advice for spotting fake Super Bowl goods: if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.