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Officials raid Phuket Central Festival IT shops, net 2mn in counterfeit goods

PHUKET: Officials have continued a series of raids on stores selling counterfeit goods, this time at Central Festival, where they seized 524 illegal items with an estimated street value of more than B2 million.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 20 May 2017, 02:17PM

Yesterday (May 19) officers led by Maj Adichart Amornpradit from the Economic Crime Suppression Division (ECD) together with officers from Department of Intellectual Property raided and seized illegal counterfeit items at the IT zone in the second floor of Central Festival in Wichit.

According to a police report, 11 shops were raided including Panhya shop, OA shop, Nice shop, Soni Ericson shop, Naza Phone shop, Sawasdee shop, Phuket Unlock shop, At One shop, OIL Mobile shop, I Mobile shop and PK shop.

Most of the counterfeit items seized are mobile phone cases imprinted with fake brand names such as Louis Vuitton, Channal, Gucci, and MCM. Other items are fake Beats and JBL headphones, fake apple chargers, fake JBL and Boss loudspeakers.

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Eleven of the shops owners were arrested and charged for selling counterfeit trademark items, but police did not name any of the suspects. They could be jailed for up to four years or fined up to 400,000 baht or both under the charge of selling goods with a forged registered trademark.

Yesterday’s raid follows a series of raids in the tourist-popular Patong Beach area on Thursday, May 18, were in a matter of hours police seized more than 10,000 illegal trademark items with an estimated street value of more than B20 million. See story here



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CaptainJack69 | 21 May 2017 - 12:30:38

"Soni Ericson shop"  555 :)

Come buy the latest "iFone" at my "Appel" shop.

(Someone should tell them it's just Sony now, no more Ericsson.)

Kurt | 20 May 2017 - 19:27:13

Wow, even Phuket Town Central Festival is home fore much of Counterfeits.
I never thought about that possibility. as sometimes I see high ranking uniformed police officers walking and looking at goods in Central festival.

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