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3 arrested in counterfeit iPhone parts ring

October 24, 2011 | 11:54 am

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A three-month Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department investigation into counterfeit Apple products being sold online resulted in three arrests, department officials announced Sunday.

On Thursday, detectives from the department's commercial crime bureau searched five locations in Walnut, Rowland Heights and Covina, where they recovered counterfeit iPhone rear panels, phone covers and chargers, apparently imported from China. Officials estimate the items had a street value of about $250,000.

Two men and one woman were arrested on charges of possesing counterfeit products with the intent to sell. The suspects were booked and are being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. The Sheriff's Department has withheld the names of the suspects, citing an ongoing investigation.

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Photo: Sheriff's Department investigators recover counterfeit iPhone covers and other Apple products that they believe were imported from China. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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