The United States Attorney’s Office in New Jersey announced the arrest of a Florida man for allegedly importing fake Cisco networking equipment that would be worth more than $1 billion if authentic.
Onur Aksoy, aka Ron Aksoy, aka Dave Durden, 38, of Miami allegedly worked with suppliers from China and Hong Kong from 2013 to 2022 to import counterfeit Cisco devices through at least 19 companies in New Jersey and Florida named the “Pro Network”.
Aksoy reportedly bought the counterfeit equipment at “95 to 98%” lower than the prices of authentic Cisco products.
“The operation allegedly generated over $100 million in revenue, and Aksoy received millions of dollars for his personal gain,” the Justice Department said.
The US Attorney’s office in New Jersey said Aksoy resold the devices on Amazon and eBay, with the devices’ origins disguised with fake Cisco labels, packaging, and documentation.
“As alleged, the Chinese counterfeiters often added pirated Cisco software and unauthorized, low-quality, or unreliable components—including components to circumvent technological measures added by Cisco to the software to check for software license compliance and to authenticate the hardware,” the Justice Department said.
Aksoy was charged with 11 criminal counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud, trafficking in counterfeit goods, and conspiracy.
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