With fans flocking to New York and New Jersey for Sunday's Super Bowl, organized crime wants a piece of the action. Counterfeiters are busy smuggling fake jerseys, hats and more into the hands of consumers looking for a discount, investigators say.
"Everybody in this city is trying to use the Super Bowl to make some money. Why wouldn't the counterfeiters be doing the same?" said Marc Misthal, an attorney and shareholder with Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman, a law firm that specializes in intellectual property law.
Law enforcement officials this week arrested two people and seized counterfeit game tickets that could shockingly get through ticket scanners. "First time I've ever seen a ticket that was counterfeit that would actually get you into an event. … These are clearly the best quality counterfeit we've ever seen," said James Hayes, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New York.
Authorities this week have seized more than 100 fake tickets, including 30 Super Bowl tickets, a parking pass and tickets to some events related to the big game, Hayes said.
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