MILAN — It’s been a busy summer for Italy’s Financial Guard, which recently sequestered more than 17.5 million counterfeit articles in northeastern Padua and Rome. The merchandise included toys, cosmetics, hardware and clothing — notably, more than 2.5 million fake Pompea brand socks and stockings, according to statements from the Guard. The hosiery is estimated to be worth 4 million euros, or $5.3 million at current exchange.
The assorted products reached Italy after passing through customs in other European Union countries.
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