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Counterfeit NBA title rings seized in customs bust at LAX

Counterfeit NBA championship rings believed to be worth approximately $560,000 if fraudulently sold were recently seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Los Angeles International Airport, according to a TMZ report.

The collection, which consisted of 28 rings that were bogus versions of the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls championship bling, were contained in a wooden box. The shipment originated in China and was destined for Arizona.

“Scammers take advantage of collectors and pro-basketball fans desiring to obtain a piece of sports history,” Carlos C. Martel, CBP Director of Field Operations in L.A. says.

“This seizure illustrates how CBP officers and import specialists protect not only trademarks, but most importantly, the American consumer.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials suspect the rings were going to be sold as a collection, and as noted, could have sold for upwards of $560K under the erroneous belief by the would-be-duped purchaser that they were authentic.