More than 2,500 counterfeit items were seized by authorities during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando as part of a joint operation between federal and local law-enforcement, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday.
Law-enforcement teams operated throughout Central Florida during the days leading up to the All-Star game and arrested 10 people on charges of possessing or offering to sell counterfeit NBA merchandise.
The items seized are valued at more than $69,000.
"Counterfeiters prey on sports fans at events like theNBA All-Star Game," Susan McCormick, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Tampa said in a prepared statement.
"I urge buyers to beware. Counterfeiting is not a harmless crime. Counterfeiting costs U.S. businesses more than $200 billion each year and accounts for the loss of more than 750,000 American jobs."
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