Shanghai – Chinese police launched a million-dollar scam with fake Lego bricks. It has already secured 630,000 sets valued at 200 million yuan (26 million euros), the Shanghai city government reported on Sunday. During raids in three warehouses, the police of the southern cities of China and Shantou and Shenzhen have secured more than ten manufacturing machines and more than 90 molds found.
The literary theft at the expense of the Danish toy manufacturer was sold under the logo "Lepin", which is a tenth of Lego's original brick price. On the packages was "STAR WNRS" or "Star Plan" instead of the original movie title "Star Wars", as seen on the pictures of confiscated goods. Four of the forger members were arrested.
The anti-piracy strike took place six months after market researchers discovered the toy stones, the source of which is "very similar," as the city government has announced. Lego representative for China and Asia, Robin Smith, told the Xinhua News Agency that such a fake not only has a strong impact on companies such as Lego, but also poses a security risk.
Under intense US pressure in the ongoing negotiations to end the trade war between the two major economies, Beijing has repeatedly announced a stepping stone against product piracy, and on Friday the state and party leader in China, Shijiazhuang, Copyright protection initiated by the New Silk Road by expanding trade routes. (AP)