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Thursday, September 12, 2019, 14:07
Counterfeit NBA championship rings seized at LA airport
By Associated Press
Thursday, September 12, 2019, 14:07 By Associated Press

This undated photo provided by US Customs and Border Protection shows a collection of counterfeit NBA championship rings that have been seized by federal authorities at Los Angeles International Airport. (US CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION VIA AP)

LOS ANGELES - Twenty-eight counterfeit NBA championship rings have been seized by federal authorities at Los Angeles International Airport.

US Customs and Border Protection says Wednesday that the rings were in a wooden box shipped from China with a final destination in Arizona.

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Investigators suspect the intent was to sell the phony rings as a collection.

This undated photo provided by US Customs and Border Protection shows a fake Golden State Warriors championship ring, one in a collection of counterfeit NBA championship rings that have been seized by federal authorities at Los Angeles International Airport. (US CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION VIA AP)

Inspectors confirmed the rings were fake and in violation of trademarks for the NBA and several teams including the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs.

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No arrests were immediately announced.

Officials say if the rings were real, the collection could be worth more than US$550,000.

This undated photo provided by US Customs and Border Protection shows a fake Cleveland Cavaliers championship ring, one in a collection of counterfeit NBA championship rings that have been seized by federal authorities at Los Angeles International Airport. (US CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION VIA AP)

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