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37 month sentence for Chinese counterfeiter caught in Chattanooga

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Dai Zhensong, 28, a citizen of  the Peoples Republic of China, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court at Chattanooga, to serve 37 months in prison as a result of his August 2011 guilty plea to a federal indictment charging him with five counts of intentionally trafficking in counterfeit airbags.  

The Honorable Curtis L. Collier, Chief U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Tennessee, also ordered him to serve three years supervised release upon his release from prison and pay $210,738.00 restitution.

In September 2010, six boxes containing 68 airbags originating from Guangzhou Global Auto Parts International Group Co. LTD, (Guangzhou Auto Parts) located in Guangyhon City, Peoples Republic of  China, were intercepted by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and determined to be counterfeit items.  

The counterfeit airbags were delivered to a Chattanooga, address by ICE agents in a controlled delivery.

Zhensong was a part owner and manager of the international department of Guangzhou Auto Parts,  a company that specializes in the production of auto parts, many of which are counterfeit.  He entered the United States in October 2010 and traveled to Chattanooga to sell additional counterfeit airbags and other auto parts.  

The counterfeit airbags were manufactured by purchasing  genuine auto airbags  which were torn down and used to produce molds to manufacture the counterfeit airbags. Trademark emblems were purchased through Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW and other dealerships located in China and affixed to the counterfeit airbags.  

The airbags were advertised on the Guangzhou Auto Parts website and sold for approximately $57 each, far below the value of an authentic airbag.

To date, over 300 counterfeit airbags originating from Guangzhou Auto Parts have been seized  in Chattanooga, with a value of approximately $210,738, which is the agreed amount for restitution.

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