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Shipment of fake Nike shoes seized in Southern California

Oct. 9, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of pairs of Nike knockoffs were seized at the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports complex recently in a shipment arriving from China, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday. Had the 14,800 pairs of counterfeit Nike special edition and retro design shoes been real, the...

Man pleads guilty in counterfeit check bank fraud scheme

Oct. 3, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who police say participated in a counterfeit check bank fraud ring has pleaded guilty. Republican American reports 24-year-old Jonell Bonilla, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty Wednesday to his part in a fraud scheme that included obtaining personal information to...

4th person arrested in illegal Wisconsin THC vaping business

Oct. 3, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have made a fourth arrest in connection with a black market THC vape manufacturing business in Wisconsin. A 19-year-old woman is being held in the Kenosha County Jail on possible charges of manufacturing or delivering marijuana. But officials haven’t said yet what...

Wisconsin mom charged in illegal vape cartridges operation

Oct. 2, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Kenosha County prosecutors say the mother of two brothers accused of manufacturing vaping cartridges with THC oil was aware of the illegal activity and allowed some products to be manufactured at her real estate office. A criminal complaint charging Courtney Huffhines with...

Knockoff pot vapes raise concerns for licensed companies

Sep. 17, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A short walk from police headquarters in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a cluster of bustling shops are openly selling packaging and hardware that can be used to produce counterfeit marijuana vapes that have infected California's cannabis market. Bootleggers eager to profit off...

Wisconsin man accused of making THC cartridges charged

Sep. 16, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man suspected of running an illegal operation to manufacture vaping cartridges flew to California last month to get THC oil in bulk to fill thousands of cartridges to sell, prosecutors said Monday in charging documents. Authorities in Kenosha, Wisconsin, arrested 20-year-old...

Malaysia's 2 top opposition Malay parties forge alliance

Sep. 14, 2019 3:49 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two major opposition parties in Malaysia forged a political alliance Saturday to consolidate support from the country's majority ethnic Malay Muslims, a move that could threaten Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's government in the next general election. Mahathir's alliance...

US wants $100,000-plus from immigrant who sued over forgery

Sep. 12, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Mexican immigrant who was nearly deported after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement lawyer forged a document in his case brought about change by suing over the misconduct. Ignacio Lanuza's lawsuit helped prompt a criminal investigation that sent the lawyer to jail, established legal...

Potency of Wisconsin THC cartridges may be higher than claim

Sep. 11, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin authorities say an operation that manufactured thousands of vaping cartridges may have been packing them with far more THC oil than the packaging claimed. The revelation Wednesday from the Kenosha County Sheriff's Office underscores warnings that people who buy vaping products on...

Counterfeit NBA championship rings seized at LA airport

Sep. 11, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twenty-eight counterfeit NBA championship rings have been seized by federal authorities at Los Angeles International Airport. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says Wednesday that the rings were in a wooden box shipped from China with a final destination in Arizona. Investigators...