A man in the United States was fined $15 million for selling counterfeit products on Amazon!

Man in US fined $15M for selling fake items on Amazon

BusinessDialogue has learned that a man in Florida has admitted to selling fake Cisco products on Amazon. According to foreign media reports, he has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors and will face 4 and a half to 6 years in prison, as well as a $15 million fine.

Cisco and Amazon’s Counterfeit Crimes Unit (CCU) filed a lawsuit against the seller, who goes by the name of “Onur Aksoy,” in July 2022 and called on federal law enforcement agencies to investigate the case.

“The ruling by the court sends a strong message to wrongdoers that selling fake goods will result in serious punishment,” said Kebharu Smith, director of Amazon’s Counterfeit Crimes Unit. “We thank Cisco and the U.S. Department of Justice for their cooperation in bringing this counterfeiter to justice.”

“We are committed to protecting our valued customers and authorized Cisco partners, and maintaining the integrity and quality of Cisco products and services,” said Al Palladin, global brand protection manager at Cisco. “We thank our colleagues in law enforcement and the Department of Justice for their investigative efforts, successful prosecution, and punishment. The Cisco brand protection team will continue to work closely with Amazon’s CCU to stop the sale of counterfeit products.”

According to the plea agreement, Onur Aksoy operated multiple companies and dozens of Amazon stores, importing thousands of counterfeit Cisco products from around the world and generating millions of dollars in illegal sales in the United States.

BusinessDialogue understands that Amazon has been working closely with brands and law enforcement agencies around the world to hold wrongdoers accountable. Just last year, Amazon’s Counterfeit Crimes Unit brought lawsuits against more than 1,300 criminals in the United States, United Kingdom, European Union countries, and China, and turned them over to federal law enforcement agencies for investigation.

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