Wouldn't you just love to have a virtually unlimited supply of credit cards that could rack up $45 million in charges?
Us too. The problem for 38-year-old Eastsider Jose Rolando Renderos his accomplices was that the cards were fake and the charges were fraudulent, according to a U.S. federal grand ... More >>
Did you buy your 49ers jersey on the street for around $40, instead of $80?
Then you probably fed into the thriving counterfeit-jersey black market, which thrives ever harder as the NFL season heats up, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Jaime Ruiz.
At LAX alone, Ruiz says, ... More >>
For real.Fake designer fashions and accessories downtown are a fixture. They've been there longer than most loft-dwellers. And while there have been occasional crackdowns, you pretty much count on being able to find three things downtown: Heroin, homeless addicts and counterfeit Louis Vuitton ... More >>
Pleather is a crime: This is the real deal.Updated with locations of the busts after the jump. First posted at 12:14 p.m.
Ah, it wouldn't be the holidays in L.A. without the man cracking down on two-bit peddlers of exquisite, Chinese-made "Louie Futon" pleather goods.
Seeming a little Grinc ... More >>
The mysterious man who eluded authorities this spring after they visited his downtown residence only to find an alleged counterfeiting operation was charged Thursday with an additional seven felonies, including drug sales and forgery, authorities said. Brian Alexik had already been charged wi ... More >>
LAPDBrian AlexikBrian Alexik, the suspected counterfeiter who left a trail of intriguing clues in his Reserve Lofts apartment in April, has been arrested, the Downtown News reports.Alexik surrendered to officers who knocked on an apartment door in the downtown Arts District at about 1:40 p.m. LAP ... More >>
LAPDBrian Alexik.Police this week were searching for a mysterious counterfeiter who fled down a fire escape when they came knocking on the door of his downtown loft April 19. When officers entered the residence they say they found counterfeiting equipment, $15,000 in counterfeit bills, weapon ... More >>