Police Shut Down Factory That Made Over 41,000 Counterfeit iPhones

Police Shut Down Factory That Made Over 41,000 Counterfeit iPhones

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Police in Beijing have shut down a factory that produced over 41,000 counterfeit iPhones, worth about $19 million USD, reports Reuters. Nine suspects have been arrested in the operation.

Police arrested nine people, including a married couple who led the operation, after a raid in May on the factory, run under the guise of a gadget maintenance shop on the northern outskirts of the Chinese capital. The details were revealed in a social media posting on Sunday by the public security bureau in Beijing.

The group was lead by a 43-year-old man, surnamed Yu and his 40-year-old wife, surnamed Xie. Both were from the manufacturing city of Shenzhen. They allegedly set up the Beijing factory with six assembly lines in January and then hired hundreds of workers to repackage second-hand smartphone components as iPhones.

In the raid which took place on May 14, police seized 1,400 handsets and a large quantity of accessories. The investigation was started following a tip from U.S. authorities who had seized some of the fake iPhones.

It's unclear how many counterfeit iPhones made it to the United States undetected.

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Police Shut Down Factory That Made Over 41,000 Counterfeit iPhones

Kenn - July 29, 2015 at 1:01am
Well China is bridge between everything. One should thank China for production of affordable products. Where as counterfeit items why u all ignore , Chinese authorities are the one who raided the illegal business within its boarders, and they have the toughest punishment for these illegal businesses.
ryan67 - July 28, 2015 at 3:33am
i hate f@cking china,they are bullying small country in south east Asia like Phillipin,VietNam..at south china Sea..!!!!
Assfuck - July 27, 2015 at 8:47pm
If they run on iOS I'll take 3
yas9in - July 27, 2015 at 7:41pm
meh... this is nothing in China, billions of dollars worth of fake merchandise are produced there each year. someone stop the carmaker copying BMW. Or all the fake clothes, watches and accessories coming out of that country.
Verdict - July 27, 2015 at 4:45pm
I hope the couple thinks it was worth it. China has the harshest punishment than any other country. They will probably put to death. Because if you evade taxes, smuggle drugs, or participate in antigovernment activities it is the death sentence.
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