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Florida man sentenced to prison for selling counterfeit computer parts

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

HOUSTON – A 65 year-old man has been ordered to prison for trafficking in counterfeit goods, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. 

Murtaza Juma, Orlando, Florida, pleaded guilty March 25.

Today, U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. orderd him to serve 48 months in federal prison. The court found Juma’s conduct harmed Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE), Cisco and Intel by at least $5 million. At the hearing, representatives from HPE and Cisco addressed the court and testified as to the harm this crime causes to their companies and consumers in the United States. 

Juma was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $263,000 to the three companies and to serve three years of supervised release upon completion of his prison sentence. 

Juma had illegally purchased and imported counterfeit computer parts from China and sold them to unwitting customers in the United States.

Judge Werlein ordered him into custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jay Hileman prosecuted the case along with Department of Justice Senior Attorney Anand Patel.

Updated November 4, 2022