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Bottega Veneta's Charitable Turn... Customs Crack Down...

Palm Beach didn’t let a drizzly day stand in the way of raising money — with Bottega Veneta to boot.

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NO VALENTINE HERE: “Operation Broken Hearted,” an ongoing crackdown by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, has shut down 18 domain names of Web sites selling a long list of luxury counterfeit products ranging from fake handbags to scarves, watches and jewelry. Coinciding with its announcement on Valentine’s Day, the agency said it was seizing the commercial Web sites that were “engaged in the illegal sale and distribution of counterfeit goods.”

During the investigation, undercover officers made purchases from the online retailers of various types of bogus accessories bearing the name of Burberry, Chanel, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Nike, Omega, Patek Philippe, Prada, Rolex, Tiffany & Co. and Timberland. Many of the domain names selling the fakes also illegally used many of the luxury companies’ names, such as “Chanel-Wholesale.com” and “Coach-Handbagsstore.com.”

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