Counterfeit Shoes Seized In NC Given To Poor

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Several North Carolina agencies are shipping seized counterfeit shoes to poor countries.

The Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement said in a news release Sunday that $850,000 in counterfeit shoes that were seized in the Charlotte area have been boxed up and sent to World Vision. The relief agency provides disaster assistance around the world.

The Alcohol Law Enforcement Division has been working with the Secretary of State's office in a crackdown on counterfeit goods.

The state got the permission from Nike and Timberland to donate the 8,000 pairs of shoes and 500 boots. Typically, counterfeit goods are destroyed after they are no longer needed for evidence in a criminal case.

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