15 members of counterfeit golf equipment ring found guilty; 120k pieces of golf gear confiscated (

Fifteen people in China have been arrested for their part in a golf equipment counterfeit ring, according to an industry watchdog association named U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group.

120k pieces of golf gear were confiscated in the raid, totalling more than $1.8 million, with involved pieces of equipment falsely carrying the branding of Titleist, TaylorMade, PXG, Ping, Callaway, XXIO, and Cleveland/Srixon.

Thirteen people were convicted for counterfeiting registered trademarks, while the other two were convicted for selling the items. The 15 defendants were sentenced to a combined 42 years in prison with fines totaling $574,461.

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