Chinese involved in counterfeit Apple product plea pleads guilty

Chinese involved in counterfeit Apple product plea pleads guilty

The chinese Jianhua li (called "Jeff"), 43, pleaded in court that he was involved in a smuggling and smuggling scheme from Apple.

The counterfeiter, who was in the United States on a student visa, acted through his company Dream Digitals and had the help of Andreina Becerra, Roberto Volpe, Rosario LaMarca and others.

They even smuggled from China to the US about 40,000 devices and accessories, including fake iPads and iPhones, as well as packaging, labels, and other documents containing counterfeit Apple logos and trademarks.

fake iPhonesBoth iPhones pictured above are fake (2015)

According to the press release shared on the US Department of Justice website, Li shipped the products separately from counterfeit labels and brands to try to disguise the scheme. In the US, products were shipped to their counterparts.

The scheme would have lasted almost five years, from July 2009 to February 2014, and sales money was deposited in various accounts in Florida and New Jersey. During this period, Li would have received more than $ 1.1 million s sales in the US.

After being charged with smuggling and trafficking goods, he pleaded guilty and may face many years in prison. Meanwhile, LaMarca has already been sentenced to 37 months in prison in July, while Volpe and Becerra are still awaiting their respective sentences.

via The Verge