Fake Ferrari and Lamborghini workshop shut down by police

Brazil police arrest a father and son involved in an alleged fake luxury car business. Civil Police of the State of Santa Catarina

Brazil police arrest a father and son involved in an alleged fake luxury car business. Civil Police of the State of Santa Catarina

The Italian automakers notified police.

A father and son from Brazil have been charged for allegedly manufacturing fake luxury cars and selling them via social networks, police said.

Images of the workshop were shared online by Polícia Civil de Santa Catarina and show at least four replica Lamborghini Huracan models and an orange Gallardo LP560-4 replica.

The sham cars were being sold for 1/5th the price of the real exotic supercars.

Other local reports said the workshop used old auto parts and other poor-quality materials, and the vehicles were made to order.

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The cops seized eight partially finished fakes as part of the raid on Monday, though officials didn't specify what kind of parts were used to build the knock-offs.

Inside the shop were eight unfinished vehicles, and tools and moulds for the production and counterfeiting of parts such as seats and trademarked badges. A father and a son were arrested at the scene and interviewed before being released. According to police, the suspects said the cars were legal prototypes.

The police are, at the moment, investigating those who placed orders as well.

"If they are aware of the facts, of the irregularity of what they were producing, in fact, everyone can answer for crimes against industrial property", said Delegate Fragelli. Fragelli added that if police can prove those who placed an order knew the products were counterfeit, they, too, could see indictments for receiving the counterfeit property. This police crackdown reveals that auto manufacturers are routinely seeking out such companies and looking to have them closed.

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