Latest Counterfeiting and forgery News

Immigrant victimized by ICE forgery doesn't have to pay fees

Oct. 29, 2019 10:46 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday criticized the Justice Department for seeking legal fees from a Mexican immigrant who was the victim of a forgery by a government lawyer. U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein on Tuesday denied the department's effort to make Ignacio Lanuza and his attorneys pay...

Ex-Kentucky school worker accused of $167K in fraud, forgery

Oct. 25, 2019 3:30 AM EDT

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A former Morehead State University employee is accused of defrauding the school of more than $167,000. News outlets report Sherri Ward was indicted last week on charges of fraudulent credit card use and second-degree forgery. She pleaded not guilty. She's accused of forging a...

3 more people charged in Wisconsin THC vape manufacturing

Oct. 24, 2019 7:26 AM EDT

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Three more people have been charged in what investigators say was a large-scale black market THC vape manufacturing operation in southeastern Wisconsin. The three are among eight people accused of manufacturing the THC vapes in Kenosha County. Court documents say the business had 10...

Mom, 2 sons plead not guilty in Wisconsin vaping operation

Oct. 23, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin mother and her two sons have pleaded not guilty in a black market THC vape manufacturing business. Forty-three-year-old Courtney Huffhines and her sons, 23-year-old Jacob Huffhines and 20-year-old Tyler Huffhines, are accused of operating a large scale THC vaping business...

Authorities make 5th arrest in Wisconsin THC vaping business

Oct. 17, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have made a fifth arrest in connection with a black market THC vape manufacturing business in Wisconsin. A 22-year-old Racine man is accused of working for the large-scale operation in Kenosha County. He's facing charges of possession of THC with intent to deliver....

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...