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Secret Service Helps Nab Peruvian Who Printed $4.5M in Counterfeit Money

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Peruvian man is accused of printing millions of dollars in counterfeit U.S. currency, Bloomberg reports.

Authorities arrested Pedro Sosa Inca Casana, 42, as he emerged from a taxi with $1.9 million in counterfeit bills, the Secret Service said.

Authorities said the suspect was operating a counterfeiting operation out of a downtown Lima store.

The Secret Service seized $4.5 million, along with printing supplies.

“This investigation addresses the continuing economic threats to our country and illustrates how well established law enforcement networks work together to disrupt international organized crime each day,” U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson said in a statement.

FBI Investigates Bogus Miami Heat Tickets Following Expensive Scams

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating the sale of bogus tickets for Miami Heat basketball games after a former NFL Hall of Fame player was scammed out of first-row seats and $200,000, WPTV.com reports.

Quarterback Warren Moon was reportedly scammed, along with other NFL players Charles Woodson and Jarvis Green.

The FBI confirmed it was investigating the sale of bogus tickets but wouldn’t elaborate.

Miami Heat is urging fans to be on the look out for scams.

Something Smells Funny? FBI Warns About Proliferation of Counterfeit Cosmetics, Fragrances

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Something doesn’t smell right.

So says the FBI, which reports an increase in the sale of counterfeit cosmetics and fragrances.

According to the agency’s recent blog, more people are being scammed with phony cosmetics and counterfeit fragrances that are being shipped into the U.S.

That’s especially dangerous because phony cosmetics may contain arsenic, carcinogens and unhealthy amounts of aluminum. Counterfeit fragrances also may contain carcinogens and even urine.

The FBI offers a list of ways to identify counterfeits.

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Feds Shut Down 132 Websites for Selling Knockoff Items

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal law enforcement authorities seized 132 domain names worldwide because they were selling counterfeit merchandise online, the Associated Press reports.

The Cyber Monday crackdown, which comes during the heaviest online shopping day, was the third annual effort to target knockoff clothes, DVDs and other goods.

Authorities seized the sites after confirming authenticity of products through the copyright holders, the AP wrote.

Sites that were busted now show a banner explaining the seizure, according to the AP.

Poorly Designed Fake Cash Fools No One As FBI Arrests 26-Year-Old

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Gene Carlo Pena fooled no one when he stuffed two ATMs in midtown Manhattan with poorly designed counterfeit bills, NBC 4 New York reports.

The 26-year-old man was working for a company that services ATMs when he replaced $11,000 with amateurish fake bills, NBC 4 reported.

The bills were blank on one side, and the machines were able to detect them, the bank said.

Pena was arrested Monday after voluntarily returning from the Dominican Republican on embezzlement charges, according to NBC 4.

Feds Make Big Stink; Bust 2 Chinese Men for Counterfeit Perfumes

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Apparently the feds wanted to make a big stink out this case.

Two men from China — Shaoxiong Zhou, 42, and Shaoxia Huang, 33 — have pleaded guilty U.S. District Court in Brooklyn — to trafficking in counterfeit perfume. Zhou pleaded guilty Friday. His co-defendant pleaded on Aug. 3.

Authorities said the two admitted offering to supply counterfeit perfume to prospective buyers at a Las Vegas trade show in August 2010. The counterfeit perfume included the brands Lacoste, Polo Black and Armani Code.

Authorities said ultimately a cargo shipment containing counterfeit perfumes was purchased and shipped to the United States in 2011 and was seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents upon arrival.

Man Convicted of Producing $7 Million in Counterfeit Liberty Head Dollars


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The buck apparently stopped with 67-year-old Bernard von NotHaus.

Von NotHaus, who was part of an anti-government movement, was convicted last week in federal court in North Carolina of minting roughly $7 million in Liberty Dollar coins, authorities said.

Authorities said investigators found that he had been making and disseminating the coins since 1998.

Von NotHaus was founder of an organization called the National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve and Internal Revenue Code, commonly known as NORFED and also known as Liberty Services.

Authorities said Von NotHaus designed the Liberty Dollar currency that were marked with the dollar sign ($); the words dollar, USA, Liberty, Trust in God (instead of In God We Trust); and other features associated with legitimate coins.

In 2006, the Department of Justice and U.S. Mint issued a press release saying the Liberty Dollar was “not legal tender.

“Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism,” U.S. Attorney Tompkins said in a statement following last week’s verdict.

“While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country,” she added. “We are determined to meet these threats through infiltration, disruption, and dismantling of organizations which seek to challenge the legitimacy of our democratic form of government.”