The Chinese have been tricking Apple for 8 years by exchanging fake iPhones and iPads for new ones. The amount of damage is $ 6.1 million.
15.11.2019 0 Comments
The U.S. Department of Justice has released a federal jury verdict against a criminal group from China that caused Apple $ 6.1 million worth of damage. Fraudsters used the familiar exchange scheme to guarantee fake smartphones and tablets for real ones.
During the operations, FBI agents seized $ 250 thousand and about 90 iPhone. The group was allegedly managed by three Liao brothers who imported fake Apple products from China, delivered it to the United States (previously disabled) and handed it over to service centers to exchange for new genuine devices. Then the goods were sent back to China for sale.
In total, 14 people were involved in this scheme, who were charged on 76 counts, including fraud, identity theft and a money laundering conspiracy. Organizers face imprisonment of up to 20 years.
A similar fraud scheme was disclosed in May this year, but then the amount of damage amounted to $ 1.2 million. This criminal group was prepared in a more thorough way: all the smartphones and tablets that were purchased in China were of very high quality. Moreover, each device had an IMEI and a serial number, which corresponded to the numbers of genuine iPhone and iPad. To open fakes to check originality, in service centers, of course, did not guess (or did not want to).