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Feds seize nearly $5M in phony Super Bowl swag

This was the result of a four-month investigation in Indianapolis.  According to AP, agents targeted stores, flea markets and street vendors that allegedly sold counterfeit game-related sportswear. Fake jerseys, ball caps, T-shirts, jackets and other souvenirs were among the 42,000 items confiscated in Operation Fake Sweep.

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Andrew McLees, special agent in charge with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, points toward a bad stitching job on a counterfeit NFL football jersey during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, in Newark, N.J.

Authorities put the total take at more than $4.8 million, up from $3.7 million last year.

The government also is seizing more than 300 websites alleged to have illegally streamed live sporting telecasts over the Internet or sold counterfeit sports merchandise. Also seized were counterfeit Major League Baseball, NBA and NHL items worth about $1.6 million.

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McLees talks about counterfeit NFL football merchandise seized during the news conference, The seizure comes amid an important week in football as the New England Patriots and the New York Giants face off in Super Bowl XLVI Feb. 5.

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