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Trio arrested for suspected involvement in importing counterfeit electronic goods

SINGAPORE — Three men were arrested last Friday (Dec 4) for their suspected involvement in importing counterfeit electronic goods, said the police and Singapore Customs in a press release today.

Trademark-infringing electronic goods that were seized. Photo: Singapore Police Force and Singapore Customs

Trademark-infringing electronic goods that were seized. Photo: Singapore Police Force and Singapore Customs

SINGAPORE — Three men were arrested last Friday (Dec 4) for their suspected involvement in importing counterfeit electronic goods, said the police and Singapore Customs in a press release today.

The trio, aged between 27 and 40, were arrested during a raid on a storage premise at Serangoon North Avenue 4, where more than 243,000 trademark-infringing goods such as hard disk drives, mobile phones and accessories, memory cards and computer software product keys, were also seized by the police.

The counterfeit products have an estimated street value of about S$11 million.

The raid was conducted after Singapore Customs detained a consignment suspected to contain trademark-infringing hard disk drives and anti-virus software product keys last Wednesday. The consignment was detained under Section 93A(1)(a) of the Trade Marks Act, after brand owners confirmed that they were counterfeit.

Investigations into the case are ongoing.

“The authorities take a serious view of intellectual property right (IPR) infringements and will not hesitate to take action against perpetrators who showed blatant disregard for our IPR laws,” said the police and Singapore Customs.

Persons found guilty of selling or distributing infringing goods with falsely applied trade mark may be fined up to S$100,000 and/or jailed up to five years.

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