can someone get arrested for selling fake goods?

what is the worst that could happen for selling fake merchandise online? can you get arrested?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    YES!!! It is illegal to import, possess, buy or sell merchandise bearing a counterfeit mark, and the Federal Government takes this very seriously. If you are caught trying to sell the stuff, you're looking at prosecution by the U.S. Attorney's Office. Most offenders get jail time and HEAVY fines (and remember, the IRS can withhold your tax returns and seize your property to ensure payment of the fines). If you're caught trying to import the stuff into the U.S., you're looking at a penalty equal to the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of the goods as if they were genuine. Think about that for a minute: If you imported 100 fake Rolex watches and pay $50.00 a piece for them but the real articles retail for $5,000.00 each, you're looking at a penalty of $500,000.00. It's not worth the risk.

    Source(s): I work for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and we prosecute people for this constantly
  • 4 years ago

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    Source(s): Criminal Records Search Database : http://CriminalRecords.raiwi.com/?RwlD
  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, fake goods are usually violating copy right or trademark laws. There are severe financial fines and jail terms. Even worse a fake (non-functional) goods. This is fraud. Selling these things (any of them) by mail is federal mail fruad, a felony. China recently had a case of 15 babies who died when a company made fake baby formula with no nutritional value at all. The babies died of malnutrition. The head of thier FDA was sentenced. To death.

  • 1 decade ago

    With the amount of damage done to the buyers if any, and the absolute deletion of your fake online merchandise connections, and your skills in evading the living...You shouldn't be able to get arrested...you might get a hiding though, if you get physically caught...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you rip them off for it and it with them thinking its the real product and ends up on your credit card yes. I remember years ago when the X-box just started going on the market, I heard on the news that the FBI raided an online store that claimed to sell X-boxs and charged them for their price but only recieved in the mail a cardbord box with a red X on it. Unless it is designed in a way were it is blantently obvious of being a gag, the product is intentionally given bogus names and discriptions with minimal resemblance of trademarked company (call it licrosoft instead of microsoft), or if you write in really small letters "intentended for humor" or "not real products" which (most people overlook when shopping online.). Then yes it is illegal.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Selling on false pretenses is the same as stealing. The penalties depend on the severity of the theft.

  • 4 years ago

    You see, they do come here to work hard and to make a better life for themselves! Come on, a trailer home and their own business selling drugs, moonshine and fake IDs? They came here for the dream, baby!

  • 1 decade ago

    If you advertise these goods as imitations then theres no problem, but if you claim that the goods are the real thing then your asking for trouble. Internet fraud is a serious offence.

  • 1 decade ago

    I believe fraud and if the United States Post Office is used it would also be considered mail fraud, which is a federal offense.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Sued more likely, but the police are cracking down on real piracy, if you can prove it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caveat_emptor

    "Buyer beware" is the usual first answer when trying to get any compensation back. Save your time and money. it will cost you ten times what you paid to get back what you lost.

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