Italian police have arrested two people for “selling fake spiral center tubes” on social media, authorities said Wednesday.
Giuseppe De Rosa, 39, and Marco Marrocco, 47, were arrested in Florence on Tuesday on suspicion of importing and exporting fake spirals.
The pair allegedly sold spiral tubes at the local shopping center.
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian State Secretariat for National Security have launched an investigation into the incident.
Giulio Mancini, Italy’s chief prosecutor for national security, told the Associated Press news agency that De Rosa and Marrocos “have been arrested on suspicion that they have imported and exported fake spiral tubes.”
Italy is among a number of European countries where spirals are believed to have originated.
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill to create a tax on spirals to fight counterfeiting.
The bill also includes a requirement that companies that manufacture spiral centers and sell them on websites must pay a tax of 1% on sales over $1,000.