Beijing police have arrested a man for selling counterfeit mascots and
commemorative coins of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
According to the legal affairs department
of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG), a man
surnamed Fu was found selling the fake goods at a market in the city's Haidian
"The five Fuwas, the mascots of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, were wrongly
sequenced and they had no label or authentication certificate. The colors of the
counterfeited commodities did not match those of the authentic products," said a
Police also found some coins with the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games logo which
were not manufactured by the China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation,
the sole manufacturer entrusted by the BOCOG to produce commemorative coins of
the Beijing Olympic Games.
"The coins were produced without the permit of the BOCOG and manufactured in
a rough way," said the department.
A spokesman from the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau Haidian
District Branch said that a local businessman surnamed Li told police on July 25
this year that he bought 57,000 yuan (more than 7,200 U.S. dollars) of Olympic
Games commodities including commemorative coins and badges from Fu.
Based on Li's report, police investigated Fu's stall and found that Fu was
selling more than 20 kinds of commemorative coins along with mascots from
previous Olympic Games. The price of the products ranged from 200 yuan to 1,000
yuan, only 10 percent of the authentic ones.
Fu is the first person to be arrested for selling fake 2008 Olympic Games
commodities in Beijing.