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Miami, Florida’s Onur Aksoy charged with wire fraud, mail fraud, trafficking in counterfeit goods

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Onur Aksoy, 38, of Miami, Florida, United States also goes by the names Ron Aksoy and Dave Durden. From 2013 to 2012, he allegedly worked with suppliers in China and Hong Kong to import fake devices through at least 19 entities in Florida and New Jersey, USA collectively known as the Pro Network Entities.

Aksoy is accused of running at least 10 eBay storefronts and at least 15 Amazon storefronts that imported tens of thousands of fraudulent and counterfeit Cisco networking devices from China and Hong Kong. Falsely represented as new and genuine, the products were resold to customers in the U.S. and overseas.

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Chinese counterfeiters modified the older and lower-model products to appear to be genuine versions of new, enhanced and more expensive Cisco devices, often adding pirated Cisco software and unauthorized, low-quality or unreliable components. Counterfeited Cisco labels, stickers, boxes, documentation and packaging were also added.

The operation reportedly generated more than $100 million in revenue. Aksoy allegedly received millions of dollars for his personal gain.

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Hospitals, schools, government agencies and the military were among the customers of Aksoy’s fraudulent and counterfeit devices. From 2014 to 2019, Cisco sent seven letters to him to ask him to cease and desist his trafficking of counterfeit goods and he reportedly responded to at least two of them by causing his attorney to provide the technology company with forged documents.

When agents executed a search warrant at Aksoy’s warehouse in July 2021, they seized 1,156 counterfeit Cisco devices with a retail value of over $7 million. On June 29, 2022, he was arrested in Miami.

On July 7, 2022, Aksoy was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and to commit mail and wire fraud; three counts of mail fraud; three counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods and four counts of wire fraud. Anyone who believes they may be a victim of him or the Pro Network Entities is asked to visit the U.S. Department of Justice.

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