Customs agents seize more than $10M in fake Rolexes in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Indianapolis intercepted two shipments of counterfeit Rolex watches last week that, if genuine, would have been worth an estimated $10.1 million.

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According to a news release, the seizures occurred Wednesday and Friday after inspectors detained the shipments based on “intelligence gathering” and a history of fraudulent shipments from the originating Hong Kong address.

Three hundred counterfeit Rolex watches were found in the first shipment, while another 160 were found in the second parcel, the agency stated.

Both shipments were bound for a residence in Brooklyn, New York.

“No one buys a luxury brand watch expecting it to fail or fall apart. As consumers increasingly purchase from online or third-party vendors, our officers are at the frontline to guard against defrauders expecting to make money selling fake merchandise,” LaFonda Sutton-Burkem, the agency’s director of field operations in Chicago, stated.