A company producing and exporting over 41,000 fake Apple iPhones and 66,000 ribbon cables was recently uncovered in Beijing. Fake iPhones production is not exactly a new phenomenon in China, but the scale and overseas reach of this Beijing-based firm is said to be unprecedented.
According to the Beijing police, the firm pushed out around 120 million RMB (19.4 million USD) in fake products this year alone, making this the biggest case of cross-border counterfeit trademark that Beijing police have ever uncovered.
According to a police statement, a 43-year-old suspect surnamed Yu and his 40-year-old wife surnamed Xie ran the company. They purchased used mobile mainboards from overseas and fake parts bearing logos from Shenzhen. They also hired hundreds of workers to assemble the products in Beijing and sold them in America. It was reported that six production lines were uncovered in a bonded industrial zone under the disguise of an electronic gadget maintenance company.
The company first caught authorities’ attention after a batch of fake iPhones was seized in the United States in early May. The couple and seven other suspects have been taken into custody.
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