Local counterfeit cellphone trial set to begin

 

The trial for a Treasure Valley family accused of making millions in a massive counterfeit cellphone scheme began Monday.

Several members of the Babichenko family as well as others, are charged with dozens of felonies ranging from mail fraud and wire fraud to trafficking in counterfeit goods, conspiracy, and money laundering in the case.

Federal prosecutors say the group sold fake electronics including counterfeit Samsung and iPhone cellphones, smartwatches and electronic accessories on Amazon and eBay, advertising them as genuine products.

The Idaho Press reports, the counterfeit phones were allegedly smuggled into the country from China and Hong Kong, then repackaged in two Meridian warehouses owned by the suspects.

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