Articles Tagged with #Chinacountefeit

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.

In line with my last two blogs of yesterday and the day before, today it was announced by DOJ that 22  individuals were charged today with illegally importing Chinese manufactured goods into the U.S.  included Fake Louis Vuitton and Tory Burch Handbags, Michael Kors Wallets, Hermes Belts and Chanel Perfume. The value on sale of the goods would have exceeded $450 million.Qi Feng Liang, Wo Qi Liu, Zhi Ming Zhang and Yu Ming Wong served as shipping container importers.  They smuggles the counterfeit goods into the United States through the Port of New York/New Jersey and elsewhere.  They fraudulently used the names, addresses and other identifying information of legitimate import companies and falsified the descriptions of the containers’ contents on U.S. customs paperwork associated with the containers of counterfeit goods.  They used “burner” phone numbers and “burner” email accounts—obtained by using false or incomplete information—in order to conceal their true identities.  The counterfeit goods were transported by trucks to self-storage facilities in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, New York, where the goods were unloaded and stored.  Qi Feng Liang, Wo Qi Liu, Zhi Ming Zhang and Yu Ming Wong smuggled or attempted to smuggle 23 40-foot shipping containers into the country loaded with counterfeit items.  The estimated Manufacturers’ Suggested Retail Price of these items, had they been genuine, would have been more than $450 million.

Earlier today, six indictments and one criminal complaint were unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging a total of 22 defendants with illegally bringing into the United States millions of dollars of Chinese-manufactured goods by smuggling them through ports of entry on the East and West Coasts.  One defendant is also charged with unlawful procurement of naturalization.  Twenty-one defendants were arrested this morning, and their initial court appearances and arraignments are scheduled before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom.

The charges include conspiracy to traffic, and trafficking, in counterfeit goods; conspiracy to smuggle, and smuggling, counterfeit goods into the United States; money laundering conspiracy; immigration fraud and unlawful procurement of naturalization.  In addition, the government restrained nine real properties in Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn, New York belonging to the defendants.