Police seize $10M worth of fakes
Andrew Wallace/torstar news service
Toronto police seized $10 million worth of designer knock-offs this weekend, but fake goods were still easy to find in Chinatown yesterday.
And consumers who value style over substance are happy to buy them.
With Armani shirts, Louis Vuitton luggage and other luxurious-looking items on display at a downtown police station yesterday, one could be forgiven for thinking the officers were staging an haute couture show.
But the fancy loot came from "Project Chameleon," a seven-month investigation into counterfeit luxury items that netted police a multimillion-dollar knock-off haul imported from mainland China. They also made eight arrests.
Toronto police Insp. Mario Di Tommaso had a stern warning for shopkeepers who sell counterfeit items.
"If we find out that they are knowingly breaking the law, we will enforce the law to the best of our ability," he said at a news conference yesterday.