Knockoff Report™ #537

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Amazon Struggling to Keep Counterfeits off Market, Retailer Says

Counterfeit Auto Sticker Operation Discovered in Maine

Altavista Man Sentenced for Selling Counterfeit Apparel

Used Car Salesman Who Hid Counterfeit Merchandise in Boots Hit With £60,000 Bill

UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinklers

Police Say Men Sold Counterfeit Tickets to Washington Wizards Playoff Game

Man Sentenced for Selling Counterfeit Goods at Walden Super Flea

€24,000 of Counterfeit Goods Seized in South Armagh Search

42 People Accused of Selling Knockoff Goods in Massachusetts

Kenya Loses Over Ksh 70B Through Counterfeit Products

Counterfeit Golf Clubs Could be a Dangerous Ripoff

Knockoffs From China Sting Small Canadian Shop

Hotlines Set Up to Check for Counterfeit Medicines in India, Nigeria

Hilliard Man Charged With Selling Counterfeit Goods

Peoria Summer Camp Music Festival Warns of Counterfeit Tickets

Los Angeles Fashion District Merchants Banned, Fined $26M For Selling Counterfeit Goods

Forth Valley Police Seize Counterfeit Goods Worth £2m

China Arrests British ‘Knockoff Dealer’ Behind £2.85m Scam

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Mozzarella Arrests Made After Counterfeit Cheese Found in Italy

The Important Differences Between Real and Counterfeit iPad Chargers

U.S. Customs Officials In Philadelphia Seize Cache Of Counterfeit Workout DVDs

Smuggling in the UAE: Counterfeit Goods Seeping Into Ports Daily

Man Enters Not-Guilty Plea to Charges Involving Counterfeit Goods

China’s Knockoff World Wonders

Suspected Counterfeit Tickets at Coppin Graduation, Hundreds Shut Out

46 Arrested in Raid on Counterfeit Merchandise Warehouse

Inside Paris’s Bizarre Counterfeit Museum

Six Victims of Winter Poker Open Counterfeit Chip Scandal File Lawsuit Against Borgata

Counterfeit Purses An “Ongoing Problem” In Memphis

Knockoff Report™ #499

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Customs Cracks Down on Counterfeit Cialis, Viagra Coming into L.A.

UL Warns of Potentially Hazardous Battery Pack and Battery Charger with Counterfeit UL Marks

Edible Bar Codes Aim to Swallow the Counterfeit Drug Market

4 Suspects Arrested For Selling Counterfeit Water

Knockoff Report #475

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$1 Million in Counterfeit items seized from Baton Rouge Store

Counterfeit Booze Recycled to Make Electricity

Aberdeen Police Seize £25k of Knockoff Goods

Two Bessemer Men Indicted on Charges of Trafficking Counterfeit Clothing

‘It’s Truly a Plague’: Tory Burch Files Four Lawsuits to Curb Counterfeiting

UL Warns of Counterfeit UL Mark on USB Combo Charger

Students Arrested in Counterfeit iPhones Raid in Queens

Court Upholds $5M Trademark Infringement Ruling in Fake Handbag Sales

3 Maryland Men Arrested for Selling Counterfeit Merchandise

Contractor Advocates Concerned About Counterfeit Parts Proposal

Counterfeit Goods Sellers in CCB Net

Knock-Off Luxury Products Found in Los Angeles

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Evidence is Everything

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I was twelve years old when my father, Robert L. Holmes Sr., asked me to go along with him to purchase an MTV t-shirt at the Columbus Farmers Market in Columbus, NJ.  That day I learned what a chain of custody was.  The second an investigator touches an item (as fledgling as I was) the item was in custody.  Once that second begins so does the chain, sayeth the Old Man.  Once I first touched it I then must pass on, and communicate, that responsibility to the next individual who may touch the item.  Ever since that day in 1982 I realized that, once I touch something that was a part of a case, it was my responsibility until someone I deemed  responsible took possession and released me of Custody.

I was no Bobby Fisher but my Dad taught me, and I understood, chess at the age of four.  I played with him regularly and got the game.  He even let me win once.  One of the things I most remember from playing with the Old Man was that, after making a move,  I could take all the time I wanted.  I could even change my mind and move back.  But once I removed my finger from the game piece, my move was over and my decision forever made.

I have many philosophies; political, spiritual, professional and others.  Some of those ideals have been modified and influenced throughout the years.  Little did Bob know his philosophies would cross game play and flea markets and be the basis for my every move in business.  The one thing that will never change in my world is the fact that evidence must be preserved at all cost.

I recently found myself in extraordinary circumstances where I was forced to make some very quick decisions in a short period of time.  I was in the American Mid-west conducting a seizure out of town when opposing counsel made numerous threats that led my client and myself to believe we may be in danger.  At bare minimum, our evidence was for sure.  The decisions I made that night could possibly have impacted my Client’s life’s work.  Forget me and my safety.  Evidence is everything.  I know many of you would say that I am crazy to put a client, or their evidence, before myself.  That’s because you don’t get it.

One of the staples of modern American culture is the private eye.  Whether you reflect upon your real-life heroes like Rob Holmes or the fictional writings of greats like Raymond Chandler, Mickey Spillane, Robert B. Parker or Robert Crais, one thing is consistent: the case comes first.  This is not just television and movies.  Real private eyes are a unique breed just like our fictional counterparts.  Sometimes art imitates life and sometimes life imitates art.  But, once retained by a client, a private eye puts the case before himself.  We don’t have certifications and diplomas that doctors and lawyers have to influence the public’s perception of our image.  We have but one thing: our integrity.  That, sir, is everything.