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The scammer who made Apple lose more than 6 million dollars will go to prison for 4 years

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The scammer who made Apple lose more than 6 million dollars will go to prison for 4 years

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They bought iPhone replicas in China to take advantage of Apple’s warranty and obtain original spare parts

The scammer who made Apple lose more than 6 million dollars will go to prison for 4 years
Various recent iPhone models

Zhiwei “Allen” Liao has been sentenced to 51 months in prison for having perpetrated a scam campaign that cost Apple about 6 million dollars. If his name is not familiar to you, you should know that he is the main person responsible for a fraud through which, both he and other people, They bought replicas of iPhone and iPad in China with serial numbers of original products, but which did not work, and were subsequently taken to Apple Stores throughout the United States to obtain original replacement devices, which were finally sent back to china and put up for sale.

Thus, the scammer and two other members of the group managed to amass important fortunessince assets and cash worth more than 4 million dollars have recently been seized from them.

Several years of investigation that end with the fraudster behind bars

The FBI and the San Diego Police Department were in charge of bringing the case to light, and revealing the technique used by the scammers to get hold of genuine Apple devices which were later sold.

All of them turned to the Chinese market to obtain exact replicas of iPhone and iPad devices non-functional. They were then assigned a serial number that matched the original products sold by Apple.

In order to carry out the scam, They decided to hire “hundreds of people” from all over the United States, who were provided with counterfeit replicas to take them to the Apple Store. Once there, when the Apple workers verified that, indeed, the devices did not work and made sure the serial number matched products covered by warrantyThey were given original replacement devices.

These products were finally put on sale in the Chinese market. Interestingly, this same technique was used in Another scam perpetrated by US college studentsalthough in that case the amount of the scam was “only” one million dollars.

The plot was sophisticated and dynamic, and included counterfeit devices imported from China that looked authentic and were under warranty. Zhiwei Liao micromanaged operations and created a moving target for law enforcement by directing the shipment of counterfeit Apple products and proceeds of crime to various accomplices, businesses, and family members throughout the entire scheme. The co-conspirators supported these efforts to avoid law enforcement by exchanging the counterfeit products using a variety of false names and email accounts.

After years of investigation, both Liao and the other two perpetrators of the fraud They will go to prison between 41 and 51 months.

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