California man jailed for smuggling millions of dollars in fake iPhone parts into the US
What you need to know
- A Californian man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison after admitting to smuggling millions of dollars in fake iPhone parts into the United States.
- Chan Hung Le, 46, of Laguna Hills will have to pay a $250,000 fine as part of his punishment.
A California man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison after he admitted to smuggling millions of dollars in fake iPhone parts into the United States. He was also ordered to pay a $250,000 fine as part of the verdict.
Chan Hung Le, 46, of Laguna Hills was sentenced by District Judge Josephine L. Staton after he admitted to being part of a team that brought counterfeit iPhone parts into the country before selling them online. The whole thing started in 2011 and ran for nine years before Le pleaded guilty.
Le's fate was sealed when one of his suppliers outed him, admitting to selling him $18,744,354 worth phone of parts. The supplier was sentenced to three years in federal prison for their part in the scheme.
While some of the parts brought in from China appear to have been legitimate Apple hardware, others were fake despite the Apple logo they carried. Fake parts can be dangerous for various reasons, especially when batteries are involved.
All of this comes as Apple gets ready to announce its next big thing — iPhone 13 is expected to be announced this coming September. Don't want to wait until then for a new handset? These are the best iPhone deals we've come across of late.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.