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Brian H. Monks

Brian Monks is the director of Anti-Counterfeiting Operations for Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), which includes working with the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection to identify and seize products bearing counterfeit UL Marks. An electrical engineer, he has held various positions with UL, from investigating new product submittals to overseeing forensic analysis on electrical products that could potentially pose safety hazards to consumers. Monks has been a keynote speaker at anti-counterfeiting conferences around the world. Monks is also a board member of the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) in Washington D.C. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and a master's degree in business administration.


Counterfeiting: A Crime that Affects Us All

The counterfeiting of money is one of the oldest crimes in history. At some periods in early history, it was even considered treasonous and was punishable by death. During the American Revolution, the British counterfeited U.S. currency in such large quantities that the Continental currency soon became worthless. "Not worth a Continental” became a popular expression that is still heard today.