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Tuesday, 25 March 2014 00:58

Florida Man Charged in Felony Counterfeit Goods Trafficking

A Florida man has been charged with one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods—an offence that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The goods at issue are counterfeit electronic engine control devices produced and marketed by Hondata for use in modified Honda and Acura vehicles.

In a plea agreement filed with a U.S. District Court, the defendant admitted that, beginning in 2009, he arranged for Hondata’s K-Pro and S300 devices to be reverse-engineered. The counterfeit devices bore Hondata’s trademarked name, as well as counterfeit serial numbers. The defendant also admitted creating counterfeit packaging, labels, instructions and compact discs for the devices.

Hondata has said “Counterfeit K-Pros and K100s have been sold as new and used in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia and Asia This counterfeit circuit board is a poor quality copy of the version 2 K-Pro with on-board datalogging.

There are no known counterfeits of the red circuit board KPro V3.”

The investigation in this matter was conducted by the FBI. For more see www.sema.org/ipr.

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