A 43-year-old Chinese citizen living in the USA. UU. With a student visa he has been sentenced to 37 months in prison after admitting the smuggling of China from thousands of fake Apple products. Li pleaded guilty to the crime in February 2018 after he and several others were charged with smuggling more than 40,000 electronic devices and accessories, including iPhones and iPads to the United States.
According to the United States Department of Justice (DoJ), Jianhua 'Jeff' Li earned more than $ 1.1 million for his role in the smuggling scam, which also included many other members, both inside and outside the U.S. At least three of his collaborators and co-conspirators had been sentenced to jail before.
According to the Department of Justice, the devices, once within the US UU., They were sent all over the country and "Revenue was channeled back to the conspirator's accounts in Florida and New Jersey through structured cash deposits and then a part was transferred to conspirators in Italy, still disguising plus the source of the funds ”.
Counterfeiting remains a major problem for companies and law enforcement officials throughout the world. While movie and software piracy has experienced a slight downward trend after actions against dozens of torrent sites, fake electronics and fashion products remain a problem in major cities around the world.
Apple itself has often been targeted by counterfeiters in China, where fake iPhones and MacBooks are big business. The fake AirPods and Apple Watches market has also grown in recent years, with most of these devices available for less than half the price of original Apple products.