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Thirteen arrested in counterfeit textbook ring

$540,000 worth of fake books seized in Montreal

Thirteen people were arrested in Montreal Thursday after police uncovered a large textbook-counterfeiting ring. Police uncovered 2,700 photocopied textbooks at four copy centres near McGill University. “It was well done; it was like they were real,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Luc Thibault told CBC News. The fakes were being sold at roughly one-quarter of their value. Those found had a cover price of $540,000. The people arrested could face fines up to $1-million or five years in jail under the Copyright Act.

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