Police have disamantled a criminal operation that was dealing with counterfiet Cisco products that were being imported and exported overseas via the web and telesales.
The move by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), which is also actively chasing down those that flaunt intellectual property rights in the software market, is a demonstration that there are real penalities for those caught operating on the wrong side of the law.
Three men have been arrested in the last couple of weeks on suspicion of running a counterfiet business that has sold more than $10m worth of counterfiet Cisco products.
Two men, aged 36 and 35, were arrested by the City of London Police unit at their homes in Sawbridgeworth and Birchanger and a third, 38, at his place of work in Bishops Stortford. Their addresses were searched and Cisco kit with a value of $1m was siezed.
The gang has been operating for the last few years and between December 2012 and April 2015 it sent 40 shipments of counterfiet Cisco products from the UK to America, which were intercepted by US Customs and Border Protection.
PIPCU was able to pool intelligence from US customs, Homeland Security Investigations as well as Cisco Global Brand Protection to build a case against the three men.
Detective Inspector Mick Dodge, of PIPCU, said that the gang were suspected of “cheating the computer industry out of millions of pounds".
“Cisco products are used by organisations worldwide to underpin their IT infrastructures. Businesses need to have confidence in their supply chains and be aware of the risks that counterfeit products can have on their networks; potentially compromising integrity and functionality including significant network outages," he added.