A dawn raid netted a man suspected of committing fraud against Royal Mail to run a fake CD business.
Detectives from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) arrested a 28-year-old man in Morecambe this morning, May 22.
The man is believed to have been using a suspended Royal Mail postal account, which already owed the organisation more than £30,000 to post thousands of packages containing counterfeit CDs, free of charge.
The Royal Mail alerted the City of London Police unit that they had seized more than 2,000 postal packets at the beginning of 2013 suspected of containing illegally copied CDs including the albums from chart-topper artists Olly Murs and the Stereophonics.
The man was taken to a local police station for questioning and was later released on bail.
DCI Andy Fyfe, Head of PIPCU, said “Intellectual property crime is a serious matter; not only is it breaking the law, but it harms the livelihoods of hard working people and the businesses they work for.
“PIPCU is a specialist unit dedicated to tackling IP crime and we want to ensure that unsuspecting consumers are not cheated by the individuals behind these criminal operations.”
PIPCU is funded by the Intellectual Property Office and is a part of the City of London Police, which is the National Policing Lead for Fraud.