April 23, 2024
Apple Retailer at Trend Valley Mall. Courtesy Apple

A San Diego man charged alongside along with his brothers for trafficking fraudulently obtained iPhones and iPads was sentenced Monday to 4 years and three months in jail.

Prosecutors mentioned Zhiwei “Allen” Liao, 34, led a scheme by which counterfeit iPhones and iPads had been imported from China, then exchanged at Apple shops throughout america and Canada.

The U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace mentioned the counterfeit merchandise seemed real and had identification numbers that matched actual iPhones and iPads.

Prosecutors mentioned the defendants tried to alternate greater than 10,000 of the counterfeit merchandise at shops throughout the scheme, which operated for round eight years.

The real merchandise they obtained in return had been then exported to folks in international international locations, leading to a complete lack of round $6.1 million to Apple.

Liao’s brothers, Zhimin and Zhiting Liao, had been every sentenced final yr to 41 months in jail.

Prosecutors additionally charged the Liao brothers’ wives for varied roles within the scheme. Every of the ladies pleaded responsible and had been sentenced to a few years of probation.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.