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Tue Dec 10, 2019, 03:03 AM

Las Vegas Businessman Sentenced to Prison for Trafficking More Than $1M in Counterfeit Electronics

SAN DIEGO – A Las Vegas business owner was sentenced to prison today for running a years-long conspiracy to import counterfeit electronics from China into the United States.

Saad Ahmed was sentenced to six months in custody today by U.S. District Judge Thomas J. Whelan, based on Saad’s conviction for Conspiracy to Traffic in Counterfeit Goods.

Ahmed, 32, owns and operates PhonePartsUSA, a Las Vegas, Nevada-based company that sells cellular telephone parts and other electronics throughout the United States—including to customers in San Diego. In his plea agreement, Ahmed acknowledged conspiring with a variety of individuals in China to bring counterfeit cell phone parts and accessories from China to the United States. The conspiracy stretched back to at least September 2012.

PhonePartsUSA trafficked $1,499,999 worth of counterfeit goods during this period, per Ahmed’s plea agreement. The phony merchandise bore trademarks from Samsung, Apple and the electronic quality certification company UL, but the goods were actually inauthentic copies. Court filings relate that some of Ahmed’s customers had quality complaints about counterfeit parts purchased from his business.

Read more: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdca/pr/las-vegas-businessman-sentenced-prison-trafficking-more-1-million-counterfeit

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