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Federal prosecutors target websites selling counterfeit goods

TAMPA — Just in time for Cyber Monday holiday shopping, federal prosecutors in Tampa have filed warrants to shut down five websites they say sell counterfeit goods.

The websites — www.jerseyclubhouse.com, www.Skyergolf.com, www.dvdsetcollection.com, www.odvdo.com and www.BoxedTVSeries.com — offered to sell golf clubs, team jerseys and DVDs of never-before-released American television shows, movies and music.

But many of these products feature Asian markings and misspelled words that mark them as obvious fakes, prosecutors say.

Four of the five sites are registered to Chinese companies or individuals who advertise goods to be shipped to the United States, prosecutors say. The seizure warrants authorized Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to seize and shut down the websites. By Monday afternoon, each site took visitors to a Department of Justice notice of the seizure.

They also notify the holders of the domains that the government intends to take ownership of the websites.

The effort is part of a nationwide Justice Department crackdown on 82 websites suspected of selling counterfeit goods.

Federal prosecutors target websites selling counterfeit goods 11/29/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 29, 2010 4:53pm]
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