Man sentenced for illegally importing Chinese exercise equipment
A Los Angeles man who illegally imported thousands of counterfeit Chinese-made exercise machines was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in federal prison, authorities said.
U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson also ordered Sok Hun Jin, known as Eric Jin, to pay a $6,000 fine and $60,000 in restitution to the manufacturer of Ab Circle Pro machines.
In a plea agreement with federal prosecutors earlier this year, Jin, 37, admitted to illegally importing more than 2,300 phony Ab Circle Pro machines valued at $250,000, in addition to DVDs, manuals and marketing materials.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
In a separate case last year, a Chino woman received a 41-month federal prison sentence for importing counterfeit exercise equipment, including counterfeit Ab Circle Pro machines, and bribing a government official.
-- Andrew Blankstein