January 21, 2010 |
Sex shop owner Wang Yunsu wondered how so many competitors could suddenly undercut her low prophylactic prices. Now she thinks she knows: The other condoms are counterfeit. "Some manufacturers are cutting corners," she said, stocking a shelf with a domestic brand whose name translates as Forever Love. "And it's all about profit." It's China's latest knockoff scandal -- inferior contraceptives that health officials say provide little protection and may in fact spread infectious diseases, tarnishing the axiom that condoms mean safe sex. In November, investigators in Hunan province provided details about a July raid on an underground workshop where they found laborers lubricating condoms with vegetable oil in unsterile conditions, passing off the counterfeits as high-quality-brand products.
April 7, 1989 |
A West German man was arrested after printing 110,000 counterfeit marks, the equivalent of $58,000, with a color photocopying machine, police said Thursday. The spokesman said police got a tip and were waiting at the door of a photocopying center to stop the man as he tried to leave.
December 1, 2011 |
Crime-fighting canine McGruff the Crime Dog is looking to take a bite out of counterfeiting. The talking cartoon dog, sporting his trademark trench coat, is part of a new anti-counterfeiting campaign by the nonprofit National Crime Prevention Council and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, which is part of the Justice Department. The campaign seeks to dispel any notion that counterfeiting is a victimless crime. "It costs the U.S. economy tens of billions of dollars each year, deprives people of their livelihoods, encourages criminal activities by gangs and organized crime groups, and sometimes results in serious illness or injury," the campaign Web page said.
June 11, 2002 |
Johnson & Johnson said an additional incident of counterfeiting involving the Procrit anemia drug has been found, the second time in a week the drug maker reported that some of the medicine was diluted. In a letter dated Friday, the company told doctors and other health-care professionals to watch for Procrit with Lot No. P002384.
September 25, 2004 |
A judge has dismissed counterfeiting charges against Iraqi National Congress party leader Ahmad Chalabi, a former Pentagon favorite once considered a front-runner to become Iraq's leader, authorities said Friday. The charges against Chalabi, a wealthy former Iraqi exile who has denied wrongdoing, were dismissed for lack of evidence, said Zuhair Maliky, Iraq's chief investigative judge. Maliky said the charges, dropped at a court session Thursday, could be refiled if more evidence was uncovered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1995 |
Four San Fernando Valley residents pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges they operated a Downtown counterfeiting operation where police last week seized more than 12,000 fake designer label sweat shirts, jerseys and jeans, said a district attorney spokesman. Two private investigators working for Guess? Inc. had been monitoring Yun Jun Kang, the owner of the garment-making business, Deputy Dist. Atty. William D. Clark said.