Four charged in counterfeit swoop at Dr Flea’s International Flea Markets
TORONTO- Four men face 11 charges of fraud following a police swoop over the weekend on the sale of alleged counterfeit products at Dr Flea’s International Flea Markets.
In the raid on 16 booths at 8 Westmore Drive police seized numerous items of forged clothing, toys, handbags and wallets, valued at more than $1 million.
Another 3,590 illegal DVDs valued at $107,180 were also seized from two flea market booths.
The arrests follow a three-month investigation by the Toronto police Major Crime Unit into violations of the copyright law.
Petr Bashmakov, 27, of Vaughan; Zhi Yong Quan, 32, of Richmond Hill; Qin Shen, 18, of Markham; and Yu Lei, 22, of Hamilton are each charged with knowingly selling or offering for sale copies infringing the copyright law.
The latter three are also charged with trafficking in stolen goods and possession of criminal proceeds.
Quan is further charged with failure to comply recognisance.
More arrests are expected in the ongoing investigation.
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