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Central Los Angeles : Counterfeit Clothing to Be Given to Needy

Clothing seized during a counterfeit trademark investigation was donated Wednesday by the city attorney’s office to two South-Central Los Angeles charities.

The clothing, mostly T-shirts emblazoned with phony logos, will be distributed to needy clients of Las Familias del Pueblo and the Los Angeles Men’s Place, said city prosecutor P. Greg Parham.

Parham helped convict Jong Hak Hong, 59, of Koreatown, of selling counterfeit goods in July when Hong was ordered to do 30 days of community service work, pay $4,050 in fines and costs and forfeit all of his counterfeit merchandise.

The cache was estimated to be worth almost $52,000, Parham said. Most of it was destroyed at the request of the trademark holders. Trademarks that had been illegally copied included Nike, Guess, No Fear and Warner Bros, Parham said.

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About 10% of the seized clothing was saved and will be distributed to the needy, Parham said, adding that it is common procedure to donate goods collected in such a case.


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