Articles Posted in Counterfeit

A Chinese national living in the United States on a student visa was sentenced today to 37 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release for his role in a scheme to traffic and smuggle counterfeit Apple products, including phony iPhones and iPads, from China into the United States.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito of the District of New Jersey, Special Agent in Charge Brian Michael of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Newark and Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella made the announcement.

Jianhua “Jeff” Li, 44, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty of the District of New Jersey, to one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and labels and smuggle goods into the United States and one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods.  Judge McNulty imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

Taiwan operationTaiwan law enforcement has uncovered a business operation in Taiwan that was selling counterfeit iPhone and Samsung phones to unsuspecting buyers. This potentially criminal operation has also been revealed to have ties to China as more details come to the surface.

Police in Taiwan were given a tip that a store located in the northern Taiwanese city of Taoyuan was selling second-hand phones and demo units. Demo Units are generally those used for display and are only sold at a later date for a fair discount. These units were said to be carrying the Apple and Samsung brand name and were being sold for 2,000 to 5,000 Taiwan dollars which would be 65 to 162 US dollars.

Upon arrival, the police discovered nearly 3,900 tech items while searching that if authentic could have easily reached a market value of over 10 million Taiwan dollars which would be 324,900 US dollars. Items varied from brand-name smartphones to accessories such as chargers and headphones. These items were seized by police upon discovery. Reports of this situation were made public in a daily Taiwan newspaper called the Liberty Times on January 30th, but no official date of the actual discovery was disclosed.