MILAN — A court in Naples confirmed that last week the Guardia di Finanza, an Italian police force under the authority of the national minister of economy, arrested 29 people involved in an organization that managed a network for the production and distribution of fake Hogan shoes nationwide.

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The investigation, called “Operation Speedy Shoes,” started in 2009 and, since then, the police have seized 17 illegal factories, 26 stock rooms, 159 machines and 13,649 fake shoes for a total value of 5 million euros, or $6.6 million at current exchange.

In particular, in the Caserta area, an established footwear district, the police found a factory with 13 machines working to produce fake Hogan shoes, along with a large number of counterfeit sneakers.

According to a statement by state prosecutor Fausto Zuccarelli, a manufacturer based in the Marche footwear district that produces for Hogan is involved in the criminal organization.

No further details were available.

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