ICE Shuts Down 2 SoCal Internet Businesses For Selling Fake Goods
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Two Southern California-based Internet businesses were among several shut down by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement during a Cyber Monday crackdown on the online sales of counterfeit goods, officials announced Monday.
Special agents with Homeland Security Investigations in Ventura served seizure warrants for two domain names linked to www.autoforms8m.com.
The website claims to offer easy and affordable access to legal forms online and is suspected of selling counterfeit Adobe software, officials said.
“Preliminarily, federal investigators estimate the loss of revenue to Adobe at more than $3 million,” ICE agents said in a news release.
The second seizure involved the San Diego-based website, Staxxs on Deck, which sold counterfeit Nike footwear, officials said.
“In addition to selling counterfeit merchandise at its El Cajon storefront location, the company also operated a website – www.23isking.com – that offered knockoff Nike shoes online,” ICE said.
According to an affidavit, the company’s website made approximately $1.5 million in proceeds from the fake goods.
The annual crackdown, which began in 2010, resulted in the seizure of 132 domain names that sold fake goods.