Feds seize counterfeit Super Bowl merchandise – NBC Los Angeles

So you’ve grabbed a new Super Bowl jersey.

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Federal authorities on Friday showed some of the counterfeit items they intercepted ahead of the game.

Everything from fake jerseys and hats to fake championship rings and shoes.

Officials say every year at this time, criminal organizations escalate their smuggling efforts for quick profits.

Consumers are not the only ones affected by counterfeiting.

It affects American industry and innovation, as well as vendors in and around SoFi Stadium, who have all met licensing requirements and paid their requirements and paid their taxes only to compete with people who haven’t, officials said.

The US Department of Homeland Security says it has already seized nearly 22,000 counterfeit items at dozens of locations.

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