450 Fake IPhone Cases Found During Inspection – NBC Chicago

Federal officers
have seized 450 fake iPhone cases during an inspection at a facility at
Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

The counterfeit
cases were in a package that originated from Hong Kong and were headed to an
Amazon facility in Joliet, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The cases are
described as being of poor quality and design. Authorities said that number of
actual iPhone cases at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price would be
valued at $17,550.

“Fake items like
these cases cost the U.S jobs and lost revenue for U.S. companies,” said Shane
Campbell, area port director for the Customs and Border Protection in Chicago. “On
top of those counterfeits, we’re also seizing other items like narcotics,
illegal prescriptions, firearms and the list goes on.”

Nearly 200 counterfeit watches were found in late
June and early July at a mail facility at the airport. Officers inspected 175
parcels containing 193 watches due to incorrect manifests or X-ray anomalies.

Customs and
Border Protection and Homeland Security agents have seized 27,599 shipments
containing counterfeit goods during fiscal year 2019.


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