Saturday, September 13 2014 @ 10:59 AM CDT
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BOSTON — Two Chinese citizens, living in Massachusetts, were charged Thursday with importing and reselling counterfeit cases for cell phones following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Zexiong Chen, 28, and Haotian Chen, 26, who are unrelated, were charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods. It is alleged that in February 2013, the defendants incorporated Max Wireless Group, Inc. as a vehicle for importing and reselling cellphone cases, many of which were counterfeit. Through Max Wireless, the two defendants allegedly imported counterfeit cellphone cases from China, sold a small percentage of them through their Wakefield, Massachusetts store,and sold the vast majority of them to individuals and companies who in turn resold them at retail locations. Many of these retail locations were kiosks in shopping malls, some of which were in Massachusetts.