Counterfeit goods fraud: an account of its financial management

Antonopoulos, Georgios, Hall, Alexandra, Large, Joanna and Shen, Anqi (2020) Counterfeit goods fraud: an account of its financial management. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 26 (3). pp. 357-378. ISSN 0928-1371

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Counterfeit goods fraud is stated to be one of the fastest growing businesses in the world. Academic work examining the flows of counterfeit goods is beginning to build momentum. However, work analysing the financial mechanisms that enable the trade has been less forthcoming. This is despite the fact that over the last two decades official and media discourses have paid increasing attention to ‘organised crime’ finances in general. Based on an exploratory study that brought together academic researchers and law enforcement practitioners from the UK’s National Trading Standards, the aim of the current article is to offer an account of the financial management in the counterfeit goods trade. Focusing on tangible goods, the article addresses the ways in which capital is secured to allow counterfeiting businesses to be initiated and sustained, how entrepreneurs and customers settle payments, and how profits from the business are spent and invested. The study covers the UK in the broader context of what is a distinctly transnational trade.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Counterfeiting, Fakes, Fraud, Organised crime, Illegal markets, Crime-money
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
M900 Other in Law
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Alexandra Hall
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2019 11:18
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 13:46

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