Falls Church Man Sentenced for Smuggling Fake Apple and Samsung Products
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Bao Doan, 32, Falls Church, was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison for conspiring to traffic in counterfeit Apple and Samsung products and smuggling. Doan was also ordered to forfeit over $115,000 in proceeds and to pay Apple and Samsung over $20,000 in restitution.
Doan was found guilty by a federal jury on June 16, after a three-day trial. According to evidence presented at trial and sentencing, Doan operated the conspiracy from his store, called iFaifo, in Falls Church. Over the course of approximately two years, Doan received hundreds of shipments containing counterfeit Apple and Samsung products from co-conspirators in China and Hong Kong, and then distributed these items wholesale to stores in the area. Since October 2014, Doan received several warnings to cease and desist from both U.S. Customs and Border Protection and representatives from Apple and Samsung. Rather than heed these warnings, Doan developed new ways to evade customs, such as by having counterfeit goods sent to his home address under his mother’s name.
Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Clark E. Settles, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, III. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Flowers of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Department of Justice prosecuted the case.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:16-cr-56.