Missouri Border Officers Discover Shipment Containing More Than 400 Fraudulent Super Bowl Rings

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A shipment of more than four-hundred Super Bowl rings was seized by Missouri border patrol officers earlier this month, according to reports from police. The shipment was intercepted on November 11th, after entering the United States from China, by U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel in St. Louis.

Each of the fraudulent rings displayed images of the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Upon further inspection from an import specialist, it was discovered that the rings were not only fake but also featured the NFL’s trademark. The package was scheduled to be delivered to a home in Jerseyville, Illinois.

CBP Director of Field Operations LaFonda Sutton-Burke issued a statement underscoring the importance of seizing fake accessories before they reach the general public and football consumers.

“Counterfeit jewelry continues to flood the e-commerce market, and these rings were focused on a select group of sports collectors and their fans. Our officers are well-trained to find counterfeit merchandise like these in support of CBP’s mission of protecting the American public and the American economy.”

If the shipment of rings had been genuine, CBP estimated that the retail price of the entire package deal would have been worth up to $300,000. In 2021, the agency intercepted more than 375,000 counterfeit items that would have been worth approximately $550 million if they had been genuine. Florida native Ryan Kane reportedly filed a lawsuit against free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown in Broward County. Kane alleged that Brown sold him a fake Richard Millie watch for $160,000 back in July.

The primary mission of the CBP is to ensure the nation’s protection by reducing the likelihood that dangerous people and products enter the United States through the ports of entry. This is accomplished by maintaining surveillance, following up on leads, responding to electronic sensor alarms and aircraft sightings, and interpreting and following tracks.


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