A Chinese student accused himself of owning Oregon on Wednesday for a census of human trafficking forged iPhones
From January 2016 and February 2018, Quan Jiang received regular packages containing as many as 20 to 30 useless, counterfeit iPhones from partners in Hong Kong, the US law firm for the district in Oregon said. Jiang then used fake names to submit iPhones for warranty replacement, either online or at one of the state's three Apple stores.
Jiang did not receive his payments directly. Instead, an affiliate paid his mother – also a resident of China – to then transfer the money to Jiang's bank account.
Finally, Jiang imported over 2000 counterfeit devices, which he used to secure around 1500 authentic iPhones, each valued at around $ 600 in Chinese resale.
A criminal court is scheduled for August 28. A maximum penalty may include 10 years of imprisonment, three years of surveillance, and a fine of $ 2,000,000 or twice of illegal profit, whichever is higher. Jiang has already agreed to pay Apple $ 200,000, which could reduce his penalties.
It's not clear what will happen to fellow student Yanyyang Zhou, who was arrested with Jiang in April. At that time, Apple estimated the impact of the fraud of $ 895,800.