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Man sentenced for illegally importing Chinese exercise equipment

September 12, 2011 |  2:05 pm

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.

The counterfeit copies were built in China and brought to the United States last year. Jin also arranged for separate packages with fake instructional DVDs, manuals and stickers to be shipped from China.

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.

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-- Andrew Blankstein
Twitter.com/anblanx

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