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Chelsea man charged for selling counterfeit iPhone components

A Chelsea man was charged in U.S. District Court Wednesday for allegedly selling counterfeit Apple, Inc. iPhone components at three retail stores, according to a statement from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.

Arif Ali Shah, 66, sold thousands of pieces of counterfeit iPhone merchandise between 2005 and February 2015 at his his three stores: Nadia’s in Dorchester, Todo Wireless in Chelsea, and East Boston Wireless, the statement said.

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According to prosecutors, Shah bought the merchandise that he knew was counterfeit from suppliers in the US and abroad.

He also allegedly used the counterfeit components to repair genuine iPhones.

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Shah has been charged with trafficking in counterfeit iPhone components that bore Apple trademarks.

Trafficking statute provides a maximum sentence of ten years, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $2 million.

Jacob Geanous can be reached at jacobgeanous@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jacob_geanous.
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