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Olympics: Asian Arrests Made for Selling Fake HD Boxes

Hong Kong customs officials have arrested at least four people for allegedly selling counterfeit digital HD set-top boxes during the Olympics. Hong Kong police said they seized 54 of the fake units, which they estimated are worth about $9,000 ($70,000 in Hong Kong currency), according to a Web site controlled by the government of Hong Kong.

According to the site, officers launched “in-depth investigations” after receiving information from a trademark owner, who they did not reveal. They then raided a shop (and two temporary stalls) in the Sham Shui Po section of Hong Kong on Aug. 11, where they arrested three men and a woman aged 29 to 49.

The Hong Kong city government said it believes the four “attempted to take advantage of the demand for TV receivers during the Olympics” and subsequently sold the counterfeits at the same price points (about $166 per box) as the genuine products.