The Russian police have recently arrested several members of a criminal group that has reportedly produced and sold counterfeit motor oil bearing fake marks of Shell, Total, Mobil, Elf, Castrol, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Volkswagen and BMW, among others.
Two young entrepreneurs from Moscow were allegedly the leaders of the group that imported plastic canisters from Belarus and then filled them with fake oil and marked them with fake labels in Moscow. The police found 70 tons of fake motor oil in more than 80,000 canisters during raids of several storage and production facilities.
The fake oil was allegedly sold in Moscow in auto part shops, during auto part shows and through unlicensed street vendors. According to Russian authorities, the criminal group was earning more than USD 164 million (EUR 147 million) a year.