US : 43-Year-Old Chinese National Guilty Of Selling Fake Apple Devices Worth $1.1mn

| February 3 , 2018 , 20:32 IST

A Chinese citizen, living in the United States was convicted of participating in an operation of counterfeit products from China that involved the sale of fake iPhones and iPads to the customers.

43-year-old Chinese national, Jianhua 'Jeff Li, was pronounced guilty before US Court Judge Kevin McNulty, for trafficking counterfeit goods and labels and, smuggling goods into the United States on Friday.

The case has been underway since 2015 when Li was indicted and taken into custody. After inspecting into his bank transactions, it was found that Li received over $ 1.1 million from fake product sales. The amount of money Li's partners and associates in the US or China received is not clear.

As per reports, between July 2009 - February 2014, Jianhua 'Jeff Li, through his company "Dream Digitals" with his accomplices Andreina Becerra, Roberto Volpe, Rosario LaMarca and others smuggled more than 40,000 electronic devices and accessories into the USA. The smuggled iPhone and iPads were transferred with labels and packaging with fake Apple trademarks. Li will be sentenced on May 30.

Rosario LaMarca, another member of the conspiracy, was the first to be sentenced in July 2017, receiving a prison term of 37 months. Andreina Becerra and Roberto Volpe's sentencing is still awaited.