Two Chinese engineer students in Oregon allegedly cheated Apple with hundreds of thousands of dollars to replace the iPhone and are now faced with criminal charges in the federal court, as initially reported by The Oregonian . The authorities claim that the students removed the intricate scheme in order to spin Apple in cash, using counterfeit devices and using Apple's return policy.
Since 2017, both men have allegedly smuggled thousands of counterfeit iPhone phones in the United States from China, and then sent them to Apple for repair or replacement, arguing that counterfeiters will not be included. In many cases, Apple replaced counterfeit goods with real iPhone, which cost the company about $ 895,800.
Jan Yang Zhou, who just graduated from the Oregon State University engineer diploma, allegedly was responsible for buying counterfeit goods in the United States and sending real iPhone to China. His accomplice, Kuan Jiang, who studied engineering at Linn Benton Community College, shared a Zhou address and brought counterfeit phones to Apple, either online or personally, to request a replacement. After the real iPhone was shipped to China to sell for profit, the employee transferred the money to Jiang's mother's mother, who subsequently contributed to the Jiang account used in the United States, explains the complaint.
According to federal complaints, both Jiang and Zhou claim that they did not know that the original phones were fakes. Both remain outside the guardianship, but Jiang, who was accused in 201
Jiang supposedly filed 3069 warranty claims, and as a result Apple provided 1,493 replacement iPhone. At an estimated cost of $ 600 per phone, Apple lost nearly $ 900,000 from this scheme. In June and July 2017, Apple sent Jiang to stop ordering Joe, telling Jiang that Apple knows that it imports false iPhone. Jiang did not respond to the remarks.
Duo is not alone in supposedly trying to make a profit from major technology companies. Last year, a Chinese citizen living in New Jersey, found himself guilty of selling a counterfeit iPhone and iPads to a student visa by attracting $ 1.1 million. And only last month, a Lithuanian man found himself guilty of fraudulent Google and Facebook with 100 million dollars by sending false e-mails to them and placing them for a Taiwanese company.