Jianhua ‘Jeff’ Li admitted to conspiring with others to traffic more than 40,000 counterfeit Apple devices, including iPads and iPhones, into the US between 2009 and 2014.
A Chinese man living in the US on a student visa has plead guilty for participating in a scheme to traffic counterfeit Apple devices from China and sell them in the US, the US Justice Department announced Friday.
Jianhua “Jeff” Li, 43, pleaded guilty in federal court in New Jersey on Friday to one count of conspiracy to traffic counterfeit goods and one count of trafficking counterfeit goods. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 30.
From July 2009 through Feb. 2014, Li conspired with others to traffic more than 40,000 counterfeit Apple devices, including iPads and iPhones, along with bogus packaging and labels, the Justice Department wrote in its announcement citing court documents and statements made in court. Sales of those counterfeit goods allegedly netted Li and his company Dream Digitals more than $1.1 million.
Court documents indicate that Li shipped the counterfeit devices separately from the fake labels to avoid detection by US Customs and Border Protection officials.
“The devices were then shipped to conspirators all over the United States,” the Justice Department wrote. “Proceeds from the sales of the devices were funneled back to the co-conspirators’ accounts in Florida and New Jersey via structured cash deposits and a portion of the proceeds was then transferred to conspirators in Italy, further disguising the source of the funds.”
Three others – Andreina Becerra, Roberto Volpe, and Rosario LaMarca – have pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy. LaMarca was sentenced this past July to 37 months in prison and Becerra and Volpe are also waiting to be sentenced.