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Feds seize $500,000 worth of counterfeit goods from Rogers Flea Market

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Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations seized more than $500,000 worth of counterfeit merchandise – including sports apparel, designer clothing, perfume, batteries, consumer electronics, and mobile phone accessories – in a coordinated crackdown targeting vendors at the Rogers Community Auction.

The search, which took place late last month, resulted in the seizure of thousands of individual items bearing the names of more than 20 designer brands, including UGG boots, Michael Kors purses, Beats by Dre headphones, Otterbox and LifeProof cell phone cases and NFL jerseys. Collectively, authorities estimate the seized merchandise is worth more than $510,095, based upon the items' suggested retail price had the goods been legitimate.

"While counterfeiters are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their efforts, consumers can still act as the first line of defense in protecting themselves from substandard and often dangerous goods," said Marlon Miller, special agent in charge of HSI Detroit, which covers Michigan and Ohio. "We urge consumers to look for the tell-tale signs including prices that are too low and inferior quality in product materials. Saving a couple bucks is not worth risking your health."

In tests, counterfeit batteries have leaked, overheated and ruptured. Some tested counterfeit perfumes have been determined to contain bovine urine, antifreeze and other harmful chemicals.

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