Seller of counterfeit airbags faces 7 years in federal prison
A Russian immigrant accused of selling thousands of counterfeit airbags on eBay was sentenced to seven years in federal prison Monday for trafficking the counterfeit devices and transporting hazard air max 95 ous materials by airplane.
Prosecutors say Igor Borodin sold more than 7,000 airbags he got from manufacturers in China. But attorneys for the government said they may never know how many of the fake units are tucked in the steering columns of salvaged Hondas and Toyotas across the United S air max 95 tates.
Borodin, 27, made $1.7 million, about $1 million of which went to manufacturers in China that used airbags of unknown integrity, random bag folding methods, and sub standard materials, according to prosecutors.
Most vehicle airbags including Borodin use air max 95 an explosive charge to inflate the folded bag. Two airbags purchased from Borodin by Honda investigators failed to properly inflate when tested. Attorney Tom O said counterfeit airbags in other cases have exploded and shot shrapnel on impact.
not talking about T shirts, we not talking about shoes, O said. people see that (manufacturer mark on the steering wheel, they know that product has been tested and designed to protect their safety.
he cared about was how much money could he make. He didn care one iota about the people behind the wheel.
The airbags Borodin sold also didn display legally required hazardous material warnings when they were taken by air from China, according to court documents. That posed a safety risk to anyone moving and handling them, federal prosecutors said.
Borodin, who immigrated to the United States on a work study program at Bob Jones University, was part owner of Charlotte based Krugger Auto.
On Aug. 16, 2012, federal agents seized 99 counterfeit airbags from the auto shop and 1,514 fake airbags at the Indian Trail home Borodin built with proceeds from the air bag business, prosecutors said. O said Borodin two car garage held nothing but shelves of airbags and shipping materials.
Airbags typically cost more than $700. Borodin sold his for $150 on eBay, typically to mechanics or dealers who re sell salvaged vehicles.
He was a prolific seller, garnering top seller awards from eBay that allowed his airbag business to be prominently displayed during searches, O said.
does appear you were the No. 1 distributor in the country of counterfeit airbags, said Judge Frank Whitney, just before imposing a sentence three months shy of the maximum sentence prosecutors had sought. worked hard at your profession and you profited from it. But unfortunately, what you did was a crime. attorney office.
The married father of two faces deportation when he is released from prison.
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