Thousands of “counterfeit” hoverboards were confiscated Thursday morning after they were discovered at a business in the City of Industry, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
An investigation began after the department’s Community Partnerships Bureau, Counterfeit and Piracy Enforcement Team received information that counterfeit branded “UL” hoverboards were being illegally sold, according to a sheriff’s news release. UL is an independent safety company that tests and ensures the safety of electronic products.
The electronic components of the hoverboards were not safety tested or certified, the safety company told the Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators confirmed the business, identified as “Rollitech,” was selling unauthorized “UL” listed hoverboards, according to the release.
Deputies searched the business about 10 a.m. after serving a search warrant and located more than 4,000 of the alleged counterfeit branded hoverboards, the release stated.
The merchandise, which has an approximate retail value of $1.5 million, was seized.
No arrests were immediately made, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Lt. Deederick at 323-219-3959. Anonymous tips can also be left by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.