A Kansas man who raked in a million dollars from selling counterfeit Cisco computer equipment has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison, the FBI’s Kansas City division said.
Christopher Myers, 42, of Leawood, Kan., pleaded guilty to conspiring to bring goods into the United States by false statements, to smuggling goods into the United States, and to trafficking in counterfeit goods.
In his plea, Myers admitted he and co-defendant Timothy Weatherly had ran a business called Deals Direct, Inc. from a warehouse in Merriam, Kan. They imported computer equipment from China and then used counterfeit Cisco labels, boxes and manuals to sell the equipment online.
Working with a manufacturer in Hong Kong, Myers and Weatherly used different shippers and other methods to avoid shipments from being seized by customs officials.
When investigators searched the Merriam-based warehouse, they found hundreds of counterfeit Cisco labels, stickers, boxes, and documentation as well as thousands of counterfeit Cisco goods.
Weatherly’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 3.