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US Pastor Arrested in $2.6M Counterfeit Cartier Case

A North Carolina man has been arrested in the US after a whopping $24M-worth of counterfeit designer bracelets, including Cartier items, were seized.

JianGang “Frank” Lan (34) – a Chapel Hill pastor – was arrested on Friday by agents with North Carolina Secretary of State Trademark Enforcement, and charged with felony criminal use of a trademark.

Around 3,200 fake Cartier and other designer bracelets were found at Deer Park Community Church on West Rosemary Street, where Lan reportedly served as an associate pastor. The arrest comes just a few days after $2.6M in counterfeit Cartier bracelets were intercepted by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in New Orleans.

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There has been an upsurge in seizures of Cartier jewelry of late, particularly the company’s Love Bracelets which can retail for anything between $4,500 to more than $50,000 apiece. It’s not yet clear which Cartier products were discovered in the latest enforcement operation. Following a tip… Securing Industry

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