Fake Apple factory raided, counterfeit phones worth $19 million found

The entire operation involved "hundreds" of workers repackaging second hand smartphone parts as new iPhones for export.

Apple iPhones

About nine arrests have been made when a factory which allegedly made up to 41,000 fake AppleiPhones was raided.

Reportedly, the entire operation involved "hundreds" of workers repackaging second hand smartphone parts as new iPhones for export, with counterfeit phones produced worth an estimated 120m yuan ($19m).

The factory was discovered on 14 May but wasn't revealed on social media by Beijing's public security bureau until Sunday, according to the BBC's reports. The report also revealed that the operation was set up in January.

According to Beijing authorities, the entire outfit was led by a husband and wife team on the northern outskirts of the Chinese capital.

The authorities said they had been alerted to the factory by US authorities which had seized some of the fake phones.

The reports comes amidst an official Chinese crackdown on counterfeit goods, with authorities pushing firms and manufacturers to trademark their goods.

This incident comes four years after fake Apple stores were discovered in Kunming city, China.

According to blogger BirdAbroad who discovered the whole thing, the fakes were so convincing that many of the staff themselves were convinced that they were employed by the US electronics firm.


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