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$10M in counterfeit iPods, iPhones seized in LA [U]
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Mar 12, 2014, 04:19 AM
[Updated: Apple fails to respond, case dismissed] More than $10 million in counterfeit iPods, iPhones and other items were seized from a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles as part of a "sophisticated, well-funded" operation that shipped in the fakes from Asia to pass off as "very authentic"-looking facsimiles, according to police reports. Buyers would have been unlikely to notice anything was awry until they connected their purchases to iTunes, said a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Some of the counterfeits were designed to look like older-model Apple iPods, many of which are still popular -- such as the previous-generation iPod Nanos. Investigators theorized that the counterfeiters planned to bring the products to market during the recent buzz over the Consumer Electronics Show. Police said the operation had already generated about $7 million in profits (according to seized bank records), and included $2.5 million worth of stolen electronics, toys and blankets as well as the knock-off Apple devices and other popular electronics such as the PlayStation Portable.

Bahram Zahab, 45, and his brother Edward Zahab, 40, have been arrested and charged with multiple counts of selling counterfeit goods. The fake iPods and other items were originally shipped to the port of Los Angeles and nearby Long Beach as parts meant to be reassembled before being sold. The two ports are the US's busiest ports for shipping to and from Asia.

[Updated:] According to court documents, the case was dropped by the prosecution the following summer due to a lack of response in a timely fashion from Apple. The charges and case were dismissed without prejudice, meaning the matter could be re-opened, but this appears unlikely. The brothers have told MacNN that they were wrongly accused in the case, citing the dismissal of charges against them.

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Mar 13, 2014, 10:04 AM
I guess Androids were not popular enough to counterfeit. Either that, or they would be out of date 70% of the time.
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