Maryland man sentenced to nearly three years in prison for importing and selling counterfeit Cisco computer networking equipment

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*Maryland man sentenced to nearly three years in prison for importing and
selling counterfeit Cisco computer networking equipment *


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WASHINGTON – A Maryland man was sentenced late yesterday in Alexandria, Va.,
to 30 months in prison for his role in a sophisticated conspiracy to import
and sell counterfeit Cisco-branded computer networking equipment. The
sentence is the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security

Donald H. Cone, 48, of Frederick, Md., has also been ordered to pay $143,300
in restitution and to serve three years of supervised release following his
prison term. A federal jury convicted Cone and a co-conspirator, Chun-Yu
Zhao of Chantilly, Va., in May 2011 after a three-week trial. Zhao will be
sentenced on Sept. 9, 2011.

According to the evidence introduced at trial, Zhao, Cone and Zhao’s family
members in China operated a large-scale counterfeit computer networking
equipment business under the names of JDC Networking Inc. and Han Tong
Technology (Hong Kong) Limited.

JDC Networking Inc., located in Virginia, altered Cisco products by using
pirated software, and created labels and packaging in order to mislead
consumers into believing the products it sold were genuine Cisco products.
To evade detection, Zhao used various names and addresses in importation
documents, and hid millions of dollars of counterfeit proceeds through a web
of bank accounts and real estate held in the names of family members in

The case was investigated by HSI and the General Services Administration,
Office of Inspector General.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection made a criminal referral to HSI after
intercepting counterfeit products from China destined for addresses
associated with Cone, Zhao and JDC Networking Inc.


This National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination
is one of the U.S. government's key weapons in the fight against criminal
counterfeiting and piracy. As a task force, the IPR Center uses the
expertise of its 19 member agencies to share information, develop
initiatives, coordinate enforcement actions, and conduct investigations
related to IP theft. Through this strategic interagency partnership, the IPR
Center protects the public's health and safety, the U.S. economy and the war

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