The Beijing Police busted factory with 41000 fake iPhones and arrested nine suspects.
A factory in Beijing, China has been busted for producing fake iPhones by the local police. Apple iPhones are one of the most sought after devices in the world and plenty of counterfeit are available in the market.
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The Beijing police caught 41000 iPhones worth more than $19 million equivalent to 120 million Yuan in an operation which took place in May, reported Reuters. Police arrested nine suspects in the factory raid, including a married couple who supervised the whole counterfeit operation.
The married couple named 43 year old Yu and his 40 years old wife Xie from the city of Shenzhen, which is a southern hardware manufacturing area, set up the counterfeit factory in January. The couple also hired more than hundreds of employees for packing the smartphones before export.
The rip-off of Apple devices has been a big issue as they have been making millions for years. Some of the fake iPhones are believed to be exported to the United States as in the US an iPhone sells for more than $649.
Apple is probably the most sought after electronics brand in China with a reputation for counterfeit devices. In the past few years authorities have been striving to eliminate the practice especially on fake Apple goods. The Beijing authorities received a tip off from the US authorities who had seized some of the counterfeit items before.
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The factory producing the fake iPhones had been masquerading as a gadget maintenance shop situated on the outskirts of Beijing. The details of the factory raid which occurred in May were revealed on Sunday in a social media post by the Beijing Public Security Bureau. The bureau has decline for further comment.