Police Seize $10 Million in Fake iPhones, iPods

Police Seize $10 Million in Fake iPhones, iPods

The fake iDevices confiscated in Los Angeles @Courtesy LA Port Police Authority.

Port police in Los Angeles busted a counterfeit iDevice operation with a warehouse full of fakes with an estimated market value of $10 million.
“This was a well-funded operation, and the counterfeits looked very authentic,” said Ron Boyd, chief of the approximately 200-member L.A. Port Police force, adding that a buyer might not have noticed anything awry until he or she got home and tried to hook up with iTunes.

Police believe the fakes were shipped in from China as replacement parts then reassembled them. The two brothers arrested and charged with felony counts for the sale of counterfeit goods in charge of the operation may have thought they could fly under the radar with older-model fakes, still in demand by some consumers. (Personal aside: I still have both of those iPod Nano models and am clinging to them because of the storage, battery life and light weight.)

During the course of the investigation, police found bank account receipts that indicate the operation had already generated more than $7 million in profits.

iPhoneys, easily found on the market in Apple’s home state of California and authorities seem to have a hard time stemming the tide. The last big bust was at San Francisco airport, where customs officers seized a shipment of 2,000 fake iPhones in spring 2010.

  • VaultFeed

    I cant believe that people can do this to a little shop! People buy these cheaper refurbished iPhones and they KNOW that they are counter fit, or “NON-OEM” This is a RIP! VaultFeed said something worth noting: http://vaultfeed.com/counterfeit-iphone-and-apple-products-taken-by-police-worth-89000-video/ Auto Parts businesses sell “NON-OEM” parts, but they don’t get busted? Why don’t we all have the freedom to use the parts we want, when we want! I think Apple just wants to control the quality of their products! But even the most long-term-reliable auto makers like Honda have MILLIONs of counterfeit parts sold yearly, and they don’t go around getting everyone in trouble because people have “less of a quality experience” This doesn’t make sense to me! Why can police steal a poor shops stuff because of this? I DONT think that the cops can really do something like this. Don’t you agree with me that if they cant bust auto-part makers how is the device and device repair world any different? PLESE TELL…

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