December 7, 2013
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker says the state will work to stop the flood of counterfeit items - such as clothes, cigarettes and movies.
Speaking Wednesday to the Georgia and U.S. chambers of commerce, Baker stated that the profits from those sales go to gangs, fraud rings and terrorist organizations.
He's assigned a senior assistant attorney general to coordinate with local prosecutors and law enforcement.
According to a poll commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 18 percent of those questioned in metro Atlanta said they had knowingly bought counterfeit items in the past year.
The number was much higher - 41 percent - among adults younger than 25.
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