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.
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.
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 email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @jacob_geanous.