Chinese Jianhua Li (called “Jeff”), 43, confessed in a trial that he was part of a trafficking and smuggling scheme for counterfeit products from Apple.
The forger, 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.
According to the press release shared on the United States Department of Justice website, Li shipped the products separately from the counterfeit labels and marks to try to disguise the scheme. In the USA, products were sent to their counterparts.
The scheme would have lasted almost five years, from July 2009 to February 2014, and the money from sales was deposited in several accounts in Florida and New Jersey. During that period, Li would have received more than $ 1.1 million US sales only.
After being accused of smuggling and trafficking goods, he pleaded guilty and may face many years in prison. Meanwhile, LaMarca was already sentenced to 37 months in prison in July, while Volpe and Becerra are still awaiting their respective sentences.
via The Verge