Federal agents seize fake Super Bowl merchandise in Dallas

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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Posted on January 31, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 31 at 11:46 PM

NEWS 8 EXCLUSIVE

DALLAS — Federal agents and Dallas police raided the Big T Plaza in Oak Cliff on Monday, were looking for bogus Super Bowl merchandise.

So far, agents have confiscated nearly $500,000 in merchandise, and the majority of the fake Super Bowl items are just now getting to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“First thing we look for is the hologram," said Homeland Security agent John McNair after examining products uncovered at the Big T Plaza raid. "Typically you'll see the hologram, and these don't even have that."

McNair showed News 8 dozens of fake football jerseys. Most of the jerseys were made in China and many showed evidence of poor workmanship, yet they were selling for $30 to $40 each.

Federal agents say not only are consumers being cheated, but the people who make these and run the operations are dangerous.

"A lot of our investigations have led us back to factories where we have found that often child labor is involved in horrid conditions," McNair said.

During Monday's raid, agents seized boxes filled with fake merchandise, and said arrests will come soon.

This is all part of a larger nationwide operation called Operation Interception. Federal agents have scheduled a news conference later this week to announce more on what has been found.

E-mail rlopez@wfaa.com

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