Two women have been arrested for their suspected involvement in the importation and possession of a massive haul of counterfeit cosmetics and perfumes.
The women, aged 21 and 23, are reported to have been in possession of more than 16,000 fake products with an estimated street value of more than SG$800,000 (US$577,360).
On July 25, Singapore Customs inspected a consignment of more than 200 pieces of perfume and cosmetic products believed to be counterfeits, and subsequently referred the case to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
During a 19-hour operation conducted on August 6, CID officers mounted raids at Tampines North Drive and Sunview Road, resulting in the arrests. Preliminary investigations revealed that these counterfeit products bearing falsely applied trademarks would be sold on online platforms. Investigations are ongoing.
A statement issued by the Singapore authorities stated that Singapore takes a serious view on intellectual property rights infringements and will not hesitate to take action against perpetrators who show blatant disregard for the law.
It said that anyone found guilty of importing, possessing or distributing goods with falsely applied trademarks for the purpose of trade may be fined up to SG$100,000 (US$72,165), or sentenced to five years in prison, or both.