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Chinese Seller Of Phony Cisco Parts Gets 2.5 Years

Fri, 02/05/2010 - 10:02am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Chinese businessman who sold phony Cisco computer parts to U.S. buyers has been sentenced to 2½ years in federal prison.

The U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles announced the sentence Friday against Yongcai Li. He also was ordered to repay nearly $800,000 to Cisco Systems Inc.

Li had a technology company in China. Prosecutors say he obtained counterfeits of Cisco products and shipped them to the United States in 2005 and 2006. The indictment alleges the products had phony Cisco trademarks.

Li was arrested in January 2009 while visiting Las Vegas and was sent to Los Angeles for prosecution. He pleaded guilty last fall to a count of trafficking in counterfeit goods and was sentenced Jan. 25.

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