NCIS, NTN conduct counterfeiting raid

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Updated Aug 12, 2014

NTN has announced the results of a joint raid it participated in with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

The raid was conducted on bearing storage location near Charleston, S.C. on June 25 after NCIS agents concluded a warehouse was illegally distributing low-quality, counterfeited bearings directly to consumers. NTN says the search resulted in the seizure of hundreds of fake NTN products, as well as counterfeited merchandise of several other major Japan and U.S. based manufacturers.

The investigation was coordinated by NCIS and included engineers from major bearing corporations that volunteered to aid in the identification of the counterfeit parts. NTN says its application engineers supported U.S. Naval agents in detecting suspect product and packaging bearing fake NTN company logos. All of the suspicious products were confiscated and cataloged to assist in future prosecution and investigation of illegal bearing counterfeiting, the company says.

The raid was part of NTN’s continuing commitment to leading the fight against counterfeit bearings. NTN is an active member of the World Bearing Association, an assembly of bearing manufacturers that seek to ensure the safety of worldwide consumers.

For more information about stopping fake bearing sales, NTN says visit the World Bearing Association’s website at

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