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NEWS: VisionTech Administrator Sentenced to Prison for Role in Sales of Counterfeit Circuits Destined to US Military

Posted by admin on Oct 26, 2011 12:44:05 PM
WASHINGTON – A Clearwater, Fla., woman was sentenced Tuesday to 38 months in prison for her role in a scheme in which she and others imported counterfeit integrated circuits from China and Hong Kong and sold hundreds of thousands of them to the U.S. Navy, defense contractors and others, marketing some of these products as "military-grade."

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), with assistance from a number of agencies including the Washington Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Stephanie A. McCloskey, 39, pleaded guilty in November 2010 to a federal charge of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and to commit mail fraud, and she subsequently cooperated with authorities.

McCloskey was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. As part of her plea agreement, she agreed to forfeit to the government the benefit she received from the scheme, a total of approximately $166,141 in salary she earned as an administrator for VisionTech Components, LLC. The judge reserved ruling on an order of restitution, which is to be issued within 90 days, and could be as much as $578,062.

This is the first federal prosecution in a case involving the trafficking of counterfeit integrated circuits.

According to information presented in court, McCloskey conspired between 2006 and 2010 with the late Shannon L. Wren, owner of VisionTech Components, LLC, to traffic in counterfeit goods and to commit mail fraud.

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Topics: Counterfeiting