Georgia AG Aims to Stop Counterfeit Items

By: Patrick Claybon Email
By: Patrick Claybon Email

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 - because profits from those sales
go to gangs, fraud rings and terrorist organizations.

Speaking Wednesday to the Georgia and U.S. chambers of commerce,
Baker said 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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