Two Brothers Sentenced For Trafficking In Counterfeit Computer Parts
CONCORD – Paul Kavalchuk, 60, and his brother Peter Kavalchuk, 58, were sentenced in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire for trafficking in counterfeit Cisco System, Inc. computer networking hardware, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.
Through an ongoing investigation in New Hampshire by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, and through a cooperator in Canada, ICE identified East West Trading Corporation, of Rye, New Hampshire (which is owned by defendant Paul Kavalchuk and which employs Peter Kavalchuk), as a New Hampshire business engaged in the illegal importation of, and trafficking in, counterfeit Cisco computer parts.
On April 28, 2008 federal agents executed a search of East West’s business premises in Rye, NH. Based upon evidence obtained during the investigation, including evidence seized during the search, Paul and Peter Kavalchuk were charged with conspiring to traffic in counterfeit goods. Both Paul and Peter Kavalchuk entered guilty pleas, admitting that they had knowingly conspired with each other, and with others, to traffic in counterfeit Cisco computer parts.
Paul Kavalchuk was sentenced to serve 14 months in federal prison, followed by 2 years of supervised release. Pursuant to his plea agreement, Paul Kavalchuk will pay $300,000 in forfeiture and was ordered to pay $200,000 in restitution to Cisco.
This case was investigated by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Seth Aframe and Arnold Huftalen. The United States Attorney’s Office thanks Cisco Systems, Inc. for its cooperation in this investigation and prosecution.