BEIJING – A factory in China has been raided that produced more than 41,000 fake iPhones worth as much as 120 million yuan ($19 million) in this year alone and arrested nine people.
According to the bureau, the group was headed by a 43-year old man, surnamed Yu, and his 40-year old wife, surnamed Xie, both from the southern hardware manufacturing city of Shenzhen, allegedly set up the Beijing factory with six assembly lines in January.
The operation reportedly involved hundreds of workers repackaging second hand smartphone parts as new iPhones for export with counterfeit phones produced worth $19million.
The factory was discovered on 14 May but was revealed on social media by Beijing’s public security bureau on Sunday, according to reports.
Apple also declined to comment, saying the investigation was ongoing.
It is worth mentioning here that it is not the first time China has uncovered plots to exploit the popularity of Apple products.
In 2011, bloggers in the southwestern city of Kunming discovered more than a dozen unauthorized brick-and-mortar outlets that carefully replicated the interior decor, and even employee uniforms, used in genuine Apple stores.
The viral pictures embarrassed officials, who vowed to do more to protect trademarks.
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