The Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group has announced two successful raids in Shanghai, which resulted in the seizure of more than 7,500 counterfeit golf products. In the last 18 months, the Golf Group has petitioned Chinese law enforcement to execute 18 raids resulting in the seizure of nearly 110,000 counterfeit golf products.
Three suspects, Xue Yan, Zhai Qiang and He Tieqi, were all arrested for their roles in the counterfeiting of thousands of clubs and products. The investigation of their illegal activities began after key details were discovered during a February raid and the subsequent arrest of Zhang Qun. The most recent raids garnered nearly 4,000 pieces of finished or semi-finished golf clubs while the rest of the merchandise included balls, bags and apparel.
Don Reino, Vice President of Legal Operations for Cleveland Golf says “These actions wouldn’t be possible without the help of the Chinese authorities and their continued investigations into these issues. Their support in the pursuit of these criminal activities helps send a stronger message to the counterfeiters.”
Joe Nauman, Executive Vice President for Corporate and Legal for Acushnet Company. “The counterfeiting of clubs is a global issue but raids often generate new information that leads to future arrests and protects the future of the game.”
Earlier in the year we told you the story of Richard Smith, who had inadvertently purchased a fake TaylorMade R11 3 wood, leaving him distraught that he had wasted his hard earned money on a cheap fake! Read the full story here in our ‘BUYER BEWARE - FAKE GOLF EQUIPMENT’ story and make sure you don't make the same expensive mistake!
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