Category Archives: Criminal Enforcement

ICE HSI arrests Chinese national in $23.8 million scheme to sell counterfeit laptop computer batteries on eBay and Amazon

“LOS ANGELES – A San Gabriel Valley man was arrested today on federal criminal charges that he participated in a $23.8 million scheme to manufacture and ship counterfeit laptop computer batteries and other electronics from China to the United States, where the bogus batteries were sold to unsuspecting buyers in online marketplaces. … ”

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Compelling evidence of counterfeiting

Several GIDEP reports have been published over the past month describing samples of parts seized during the investigation of PRB Electronics. Here is an excerpt from my favorite report thus far …

The part in this Alert was determined to be suspect counterfeit due to the box containing these parts was marked “Counterfeit Parts”, while the inside of the box had a post-it note stating “Caps are counterfit [sic] out of tolerance.” …

A prosecutor’s dream.



Father and son jailed for fraudulent sales to defense subcontractor – PBN

PROVIDENCE – A Rhode Island businessman and his son received prison terms Wednesday after pleading guilty to fraudulently selling substandard titanium to a Connecticut defense subcontractor. …

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Wholesaler admits to conspiracy to sell military and government knock-off goods – Providence Business News

PROVIDENCE – Ramin Kohanbash of Brooklyn, N.Y., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence to charges related to the selling of more than $20 million in counterfeit goods to the United States military, government purchasers and companies that supply the U.S. government, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday. …

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O.C. Businessman Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for Selling Counterfeit Integrated Circuits with Military and Commercial Uses – DOJ

SANTA ANA, California – The owner of PRB Logics Corporation, an Orange County-based seller of electronic components, was sentenced today to more than three years in federal prison for selling counterfeit integrated circuits he obtained from China, some of which were purchased by defense contractors for military use.

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NASA Says Metals Fraud Caused $700 Million Satellite Failure – Bloomberg

“A metals manufacturer faked test results and provided faulty materials to NASA, causing more than $700 million in losses and two failed satellite launch missions, according to an investigation by the U.S. space agency.

The fraud involved an Oregon company called Sapa Profiles Inc., which falsified thousands of certifications for aluminum parts over 19 years for hundreds of customers, including NASA….”

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Chinese National Sentenced for Selling Counterfeit Computer Parts | USAO-SDTX | Department of Justice

HOUSTON – A Beijing, China, man was sentenced to federal prison today for directing the shipment of counterfeit computer-networking equipment into the Southern District of Texas. …

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SWFL companies accused of importing, selling counterfeit products – WBBH

“Two Southwest Florida companies are accused of importing then selling counterfeit electronic parts according to a lawsuit filed in federal court. …”

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N.J. manufacturer placed soldiers’ lives at risk, man says in whistleblower suit –

“A New Jersey man has filed a whistleblower lawsuit alleging he was fired from his quality assurance job after complaining the company used foreign-made pieces on tanks that placed the lives of U.S. soldiers at risk. …”

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Orange County Electronics Distributor Charged with Selling Counterfeit Integrated Circuits with Military and Commercial Uses

LOS ANGELES – The owner of PRB Logics Corporation, an Orange County-based seller of electronic components, was arrested this morning on federal charges alleging he sold counterfeit integrated circuits, some of which could have been used in military applications. …

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