Police raid counterfeit iPhone factory in China, closing down $19 million operation

Chinese Police in Beijing have raided a factory that produced more than 40,000 fake iPhones, closing down a counterfeit operation worth as much as 120 million yuan ($19 million). A total of nine people have been arrested, including a married pair who led the operation. The factory was masked as a gadget repair shop, located just outside China's capital.

The group, who hired hundreds of workers to repackage second-hand smartphone components inside branded cases, began operations back in January, setting up the factory with a total of six assembly lines. Authorities in China were tipped by officials who seized fake mobile phones in US, though it's unknown just how many fake units have been shipped.

Source: The Guardian

Rich Edmonds