Citing terrorism link, feds crack down on designer knock-offs

12/18/2009 | USA Today ·

Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are cracking down on counterfeit fashion items this holiday season, charging that fake jeans and sneakers can help fund terrorism. Last month, for instance, FBI agents arrested an alleged arms trader accused of conspiring "to acquire a missile system designed to shoot down aircraft." The suspect, according to the FBI, bought counterfeit Nike sneakers from an undercover agent to fund terrorism.

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