A 44 year old man was arrested for selling fake “Love Live!” badges online. By doing so, he earned more than 2,000,000 yen!
The suspect was arrested last April for copyright violations. With the team work of the Ibaraki prefecture police and the Kagoshima prefecture police, his house was searched. The police found there more than 700 fake badges.
A representative of the Sunrise Company purchased badges from the suspect, and confirmed that they are fake. The Sunrise representative was the one who contacted the police and reported the crime. Apparently, he was also with the police at the time of the suspect’s arrest.
According to the Cyber Crime Division of the Ibaraki Police, the original “Love Live!” badges are made of metal, but the fake ones are plastic. They also differ in size. A real badge is sold for 600 yen. The suspect sold 4 fake badges for 1280 yen.