Over a month ago we told you that two Chinese students had managed to cheat Apple out of almost $1 million. They would have done this thanks to Apple’s repair program in which they usually replace a defective iPhone with a new one. Now we know a new chapter in this story thanks to Bloomberg, and that is that the main suspect in this case has pleaded guilty.
Quan Jiang , a former Chinese engineering student living in Oregon, pleaded guilty last Wednesday to the case of fake iPhone scams against Apple. He will now face charges of trafficking in counterfeit products . He was previously a suspect in this case along with another former student from the same background.
Jiang’s modus operandi was to receive counterfeit iPhones from China , which had software that prevented them from turning on. With this excuse, Jiang went to several Apple stores with the aim of replacing them with authentic, brand-certified devices. He sent approximately 3,000 iPhones and about 1,500 that finally managed to fool Apple .
Jiang used s in every contact with Apple to avoid being discovered. The clones were so well done that even the company itself was not able to detect that they were fake in most cases. Once Jiang obtained the real iPhone he sent it to China with the aim of selling it for about 600 dollars . All this would have brought him a profit of almost 1 million dollars.
The laws are usually quite severe with these cases and Jiang could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, to which would be added fines of $2 million, twice what he had illegally acquired with these practices. It will be on August 28 when the trial will be held to determine what the sentence will finally be.
From Bloomberg they say that the U.S. Attorney’s Office will recommend a sentence of 3 years in prison and $200,000 in compensation to Apple . A slightly lesser sentence than the one he should face, thanks to his admission of guilt. It is also possible that Jiang will lose his 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 coupe.
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