Faux-Lex Funeral: 7,000 Fake Rolexes Steamrolled
Thousands of counterfeit watches with Rolex logos, seized during a Philadelphia-area investigation are set before a rolling compactor to be destroyed, in Philadelphia, Monday, April 26, 2010. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and Customs and Border Protection officials smashed the bogus watches to mark the 40th anniversary of "World Intellectual Property Day." (AP Photo/Matt Rourke
AP Photo/Matt Rourke
A steamroller has crushed about 7,000 fake Rolex watches in Philadelphia under the orders of federal authorities seeking to deter would-be counterfeiters.
Customs officials staged the destruction Monday to highlight law enforcement's role in protecting intellectual property rights.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say the watches were seized from Binh Cam Tran, who pleaded guilty last year to charges including trafficking in counterfeit goods.
Tran is serving six years in federal prison. He has been ordered to pay more than $2.2 million to the Rolex Co.
Authorities say Tran fabricated hundreds of thousands of fake Rolex watches in his home near Philadelphia. Officials seized about 24,000 counterfeit watches and enough parts to create 1 million more.
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