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To falsify, deceive, or defraud. A copy or imitation of something that is intended to be taken as authentic and genuine in order to deceive another.

A counterfeit coin is one that may pass for a genuine coin and may include a lower denomination coin altered so that it may pass as a higher denomination coin.


1) adj. describing a document, particularly money, which is forged or created to look real, and intended to pass for real. 2) v. to criminally forge or print a false copy of money, bonds, or other valuable documents, intending to profit from the falsity. 3) n. shorthand for phoney money passed for real. (See: forgery, utter)


noun act of copying, bogus, copy, crimmnal imitation, deception, ersatz, fabrication, fake, false copy, false duplication, false representation, false reproduction, falsehood, falseness, falsification, falsity, falsus, forged copy, forgery, fradulent copy, fraudulent imitation, imitation, plagiary, pretense, simulation, unauthorized copy
Associated concepts: counterfeit bill, counterfeited written instrument
See also: assume, assumed, bogus, copy, deception, deceptive, disguise, dishonest, disingenuous, dupe, erroneous, fabricate, fake, false, falsification, falsify, feign, feigned, fictitious, forgery, hoax, illusory, imitate, imitation, impersonate, imposture, invent, lie, mendacious, meretricious, mislead, mock, palter, pirate, plagiarize, pose, pretend, prevaricate, profess, replacement, sham, simulate, specious, spurious, subterfuge, synthetic, untrue

TO COUNTERFEIT, criminal law. To make something false, in the semblance of that which is true; it always implies a fraudulent intent. Vide Vin. Ab. h.t. Forgery.

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These findings really challenge the common assumption that consumers who purchase counterfeit goods are distinctly different than those consumers buying genuine goods," said Eric Solomon, senior vice president, global digital audience measurement, Nielsen.
Brammah, 35, of Green Lane, Meltham, admitted 24 charges of offering for sale counterfeit goods and asked for 22 other offences to be taken into consideration.
The counterfeit goods of several leading brands were confiscated following field visits and random inspection campaigns conducted by the commercial compliance and consumer protection division of DED, in addition to the inspection campaigns carried out following complaints from trademark holders or their representatives in the emirate.
The Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection Division imposes fines on violators for infringing intellectual property rights and violating the DED's business regulations, in addition to confiscating the counterfeit goods and products, closing their premises for a period from one week to 90 days, and revoking the licence in the event of repetition.
Stressing the importance of the timely detection of counterfeits, Al Midfa urged members of the public and businesses with information about any suspicious activity in counterfeit goods to immediately report it by calling the department's toll-free customer service line on 600567777.
Andrew Hobson, a Partner at RPC said, "The increase in cases handled by the UK Customs Authorities shows the size of the problem faced by UK businesses with counterfeit goods entering the UK from abroad.
To make matters worse, he had a previous conviction for putting pounds 19,000 worth of counterfeit goods up for sale in 2005, and had been put on a community punishment order.
The 20-minute DVD, Don't Deal with Snidey Sidney, is targeted at young people but also gives advice to those offered cheap counterfeit goods.
Gareth Lloyd Williams, 33, from Menai Terrace, Llanfairfechan, yesterday faced 10 separate counts of selling counterfeit goods and two of fraud over the fake Lacoste clothing.
A EUROPEAN Commission global survey into counterfeit goods has revealed concerns about Mexico being a centre for the counterfeiting of fake medicine packaging and leaflets.
Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation in New England, announced that KATHERINE LUONG, age 26, of Chelsea; CAMPHUNG LUONG, age 24, of Chelsea; KIM LUONG, age 22, of Quincy; and MINH VU, age 25, of Chelsea, have been charged in a ten- count Indictment for Conspiracy to Traffic in Counterfeit Goods, Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering, and a variety of counts alleging specific instances of Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods and Money Laundering.
They have agreed a special code of practice to identify and exclude people who sell counterfeit goods and to improve the image of car boot sales.