Crime

The news is real, but the TVs are fake at the Port of Tacoma

One of the counterfeit TVs seized Wednesday at the Port of Tacoma.
One of the counterfeit TVs seized Wednesday at the Port of Tacoma. U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Did that cheap TV you bought on the internet seem too good to be true?

It just might have been.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 2,100 counterfeit LCD TVs on Wednesday at the Port of Tacoma.

The $360,000 worth of TVs were inside an ocean cargo container.

When customs officers inspected the TVs, they found they “violated the protected intellectual property rights of other companies.” That’s legalese for bogus goods.

“The importation of counterfeit merchandise can damage the U.S. economy and threaten the health and safety of the American people,” said Port of Seattle-based customs official Mark Wilkerson.

Customs enforces nearly 500 U.S. trade laws and regulations for 47 government agencies.

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541, @crsailor

  Comments