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Fake Apple factory busted in China, with 9 arrested so far

Handful of people arrested and sophisticated operation shut down

By: Michael Hatamoto from Jul 28, 2015 @ 13:30 CDT

A major counterfeit operation focused on creating fake Apple iPhone smartphones was busted in China, with Beijing police arresting nine suspects. The take down occurred in May, but Chinese officials only just now publicly announced the successful operation.


The group created more than 41,000 fake iPhones since setting up shop in January, racking up an estimated $19 million in just a short time. A married couple reportedly ran the operation, and they had "hundreds" of people working in the factory.

This particular factory was discovered when US authorities seized a few of the counterfeit devices.

Apple is one of the most popular brands in China, and there has been increased pressure on the government to pressure counterfeiting operations. The popular company even saw fake Apple stores open in Kunming City, China, which shocked many people in the Western world.


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