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Bits and Pieces: Bull Market For Proforma

March 2014 By Erik Cagle
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According to Hardwire CEO George Tunis, the graphics now last longer during use and its decorated products have a cleaner, high-quality look that enables them to blend in to the environment without looking like military-type objects.

POUND FOR POUND: Yes, even the United Kingdom is not immune from the scourge of counterfeiting. In this case, as with many, the forgers used sophisticated printing devices to pass off genuine-looking quid.

Early in January, the brother tandem of Amrit and Prem Karra were each sentenced to seven years in prison for counterfeiting money between September 2011 and February 2012, the BBC News reported. Two employees, Rajiv Kumar and Yash Mahey, were given four years apiece for their roles in the crime.

The Karra brothers used their printing business in Hockley, Birmingham—Karra Design and Print—to produce more than £1.3 million worth of counterfeit £10 bills. According to the BBC, £1.27 million in fake notes have been recovered by the authorities.

During the trial, the defense revealed that Karra Design and Print was in financial trouble and turned to counterfeiting as a solution. The men printed the phony bills during the night to avoid detection.

The fake bills, some of which had their own bogus serial numbers, are still being found in circulation.

SUPER KIT: Anyone who watched the Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP) light up the stage during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show saw some of the handiwork produced by Brand Imaging Group. The Nashville, TN-based company was tabbed by Pearl Drums to custom wrap the kit used by RHCP drummer Chad Smith.

The drum kit was actually two sets in one, representing all of the AFC and NFC teams with logos. The clear Plexiglas drum set included the wrap by Brand Imaging Group and a lighting package provided by Drumlite.

The eye-catching kit was broken into two sets following the show and auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish organization, which grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. PI


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