The phrase “made in China” is getting a closer look by police.
Earlier this week Beijing police busted a major iPhone counterfeiting operation in China. Police say the factory that was raided produced more than 40,000 phones, some of which made it here to America. Nine people were arrested in the raid including a married couple that was leading the whole thing.
They allegedly set up the factory with six assembly lines in January. In an attempt to stay under the radar that factory was made to look like a gadget maintenance business. Instead the couple hired hundreds of workers to repackage second hand smartphone components as iPhones for export.
Beijing police said the investigation was launched following a tip from police in the U.S. who had come across the counterfeit phones. So far the final destinations of all the phones is not known. This is not the first time Chinese police have uncovered attempts to knock off Apple products. They say the company is so popular in China that everyone wants a piece; but no one wants to plant their own tree.