A Moxee man will spend more than two and a half years in federal prison for selling counterfeit airbags on the Internet.
SPOKANE, WA - A Moxee man will spend more than two and a half years in federal prison for selling counterfeit airbags on the Internet.
In June, 34-year-old Jason Jordan pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit airbags. Jordan. Then on Thursday, Jordan was sentenced to 31 months in federal prison, and once Jordan is released from prison, he will serve a 36 month term of court supervision. The judge also sentenced Jordan to pay about $600,000 in restitution and forfeitures.
According to court documents, Jordan owned two businesses, Auto Pros and Sickspeed Inc., in Moxee. Jordan sold retail automobile parts via the Internet from these businesses.
Jordan used these businesses to facilitate the importation of counterfeit airbags from China, which airbags were falsely labeled as being manufactured by reputable automobile manufacturers, such Honda, Toyota, Ford, and General Motors. Jordan advertised these counterfeit airbags as genuine products and sold them via e-Bay.
Jordan admitted that he actually sold about 1,980 counterfeit airbags from June of 2011 to August of 2012, and earned about $444,180 from the sales.
This investigation began when officers with the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), intercepted shipments from China which contained counterfeit airbags and which were supposed to go to Jordan's business for sale to the public.
Over the course of several months, CBP officers seized several shipments containing an aggregate of 194 counterfeit airbags with a value of approximately $51,010.
CBP authorities issued Jordan notices that the airbags had been seized because they were counterfeit. Despite these notices and seizures, Jordan continued to import counterfeit airbags into the U.S. and continued selling them to the public.
Investigators believe that many airbags had been sold to unwitting independent garages where, without the knowledge of the automobile owners, the counterfeit airbags were installed in numerous vehicles.
Agents with the Department of Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant at his business in August 2012 and seized over 5,300 counterfeit items, including counterfeit airbags and other counterfeit automotive parts.
As part of the agreed resolution in this case, Jordan agreed to forfeit $57,063 that the United States previously seized from his bank accounts and an additional $100,000 in cash and assets. Jordan was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $444,180 to the automobile manufactures whose trademarks were infringed.