Imports of Counterfeit Electronic Products Net Prison Term
The Department of Justice reports that an Italian national who smuggled counterfeit electronics from China into the U.S. has been sentenced to 37 months in prison and one year of supervised release. The man was charged with conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, to smuggle goods into the U.S., and to structure financial transactions.
A DOJ press release states that from July 2009 through February 2014 this man conspired with others to smuggle more than 40,000 electronic devices and accessories bearing counterfeit trademarks. The devices were shipped separately from the labels bearing the counterfeit trademarks to avoid detection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The devices were labeled and packaged after they passed through customs and then then shipped to conspirators around the country. In addition, the defendants made more than 100 illegal wire transfers totaling more than $1.1 million to Hong Kong to facilitate their criminal activity.