The Chinese police were able to stop a multi-million fraud with fake LEGO bricks. In raids on three warehouses in the southern Chinese cities of Shantou and Shenzhen it was 630 000 kits worth the equivalent of 26 million Euro. In addition, more than ten production machines and 90 of molds confiscated could be modified, such as the Shanghai city government announced on Sunday. Four members of the counterfeiting ring were arrested.
The blow to the counterfeiters succeeded in half a year, after investigators had discovered the wrong toy bricks on the market. Fake stones have been sold under the Logo "Lepin" to a tenth of the price of real Lego bricks. On the packaging of the counterfeit STAR WNRS" or "STAR PLAN" instead of the original movie title "Star Wars"". The Lego representative for China and Asia, Robin Smith, said the Chinese news Agency Xinhua, those fakes were mainly a security risk.
under pressure from the United States in the ongoing negotiations on an end to the trade war between the two major powers, Beijing had repeatedly announced a clampdown on piracy. Only on Friday, China's head of state promised Xi Jinping at the summit for the Initiative "New silk road" better protection of intellectual property rights.