'Operation Clean Sweep' Seizes Thousands in Counterfeit Goods

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Kessler International

    NEW YORK, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Kessler International in joint
 cooperation with the New York City Police Department announced a major seizure
 of counterfeit designer watches in New York City.  Working in cooperation with
 the New York City Police Department's 5th Precinct Peddler's Unit, the Kessler
 team quickly identified the fake merchandise and lead police in the seizure of
 over 5,000 watches resembling the watches of prestige manufacturers. The
 operation resulted in the felony arrest of two distributors and the
 confiscation of goods with an estimated street value in excess of $200,000.
     "Product counterfeiting is a much larger problem than most people
 realize," commented Michael G. Kessler, President and CEO of Kessler
 International.  "Many people view it as a victimless crime since they know the
 products are fake.  However, most times the profits from these counterfeiters
 go toward other operations including terrorism and drug trafficking.  By
 supporting these distributors, people are unwittingly funding larger more
 destructive operations."
     The seizure comes as part of Kessler International's global initiative
 "Operation Clean Sweep", an Anti-Counterfeiting crackdown program. This unique
 effort boasts a conglomeration of corporations from different industries that
 have banded together through Kessler to help reduce the sale of counterfeit
 product in the street and on the Internet.  "Unfortunately, this seizure will
 only make a small dent in the problem, since tomorrow someone will be out
 there to take their place," continued Kessler. "The more financial damage we
 can inflict on the distributors, the more apprehensive others will be to take
 their place."  Utilizing the combined strength of many of the Fortune 500, in
 combination with efforts of Federal, State and Local law enforcement agencies,
 "Operation Clean Sweep" will help protect the public from inferior goods, and
 enables manufacturers to protect both their names and reputations.
 
     Kessler International, the recognized leader in Forensic Accounting,
 Internet Monitoring and Corporate Investigative Strategies, specializes in all
 facets of global brand protection.  Headquartered in New York City with
 offices worldwide, Kessler International protects the interests of Fortune 500
 companies in the global marketplace.
 
     For more information about Kessler International or for information about
 its Anti-Counterfeiting Program, "Operation Clean Sweep", contact Susan
 Peterson at their World Headquarters at 212-286-9100 or visit their website at
 http://www.investigation.com.
 
 

SOURCE Kessler International
    NEW YORK, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Kessler International in joint
 cooperation with the New York City Police Department announced a major seizure
 of counterfeit designer watches in New York City.  Working in cooperation with
 the New York City Police Department's 5th Precinct Peddler's Unit, the Kessler
 team quickly identified the fake merchandise and lead police in the seizure of
 over 5,000 watches resembling the watches of prestige manufacturers. The
 operation resulted in the felony arrest of two distributors and the
 confiscation of goods with an estimated street value in excess of $200,000.
     "Product counterfeiting is a much larger problem than most people
 realize," commented Michael G. Kessler, President and CEO of Kessler
 International.  "Many people view it as a victimless crime since they know the
 products are fake.  However, most times the profits from these counterfeiters
 go toward other operations including terrorism and drug trafficking.  By
 supporting these distributors, people are unwittingly funding larger more
 destructive operations."
     The seizure comes as part of Kessler International's global initiative
 "Operation Clean Sweep", an Anti-Counterfeiting crackdown program. This unique
 effort boasts a conglomeration of corporations from different industries that
 have banded together through Kessler to help reduce the sale of counterfeit
 product in the street and on the Internet.  "Unfortunately, this seizure will
 only make a small dent in the problem, since tomorrow someone will be out
 there to take their place," continued Kessler. "The more financial damage we
 can inflict on the distributors, the more apprehensive others will be to take
 their place."  Utilizing the combined strength of many of the Fortune 500, in
 combination with efforts of Federal, State and Local law enforcement agencies,
 "Operation Clean Sweep" will help protect the public from inferior goods, and
 enables manufacturers to protect both their names and reputations.
 
     Kessler International, the recognized leader in Forensic Accounting,
 Internet Monitoring and Corporate Investigative Strategies, specializes in all
 facets of global brand protection.  Headquartered in New York City with
 offices worldwide, Kessler International protects the interests of Fortune 500
 companies in the global marketplace.
 
     For more information about Kessler International or for information about
 its Anti-Counterfeiting Program, "Operation Clean Sweep", contact Susan
 Peterson at their World Headquarters at 212-286-9100 or visit their website at
 http://www.investigation.com.
 
 SOURCE  Kessler International