Duo who defrauded Apple of 5,000 iPhones with repair scheme could spend up to 20 years in prison

Julie Clover

Two Maryland men who tried to steal 5,000 iPhones worth millions of dollars from Apple were found guilty today of mail fraud. Chinese citizens Haotian Sun and Pengfei Xue developed a scheme to allow Apple to exchange genuine iPhones for counterfeit ones sent for repair.

Between May 2017 and September 2019, Sun and Xue obtained shipments of counterfeit iPhones from Hong Kong, using counterfeit serial numbers and/or IMEI numbers to return them to Apple retail stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers.

During this two-year period, a total of more than 5,000 iPhones were given to Apple.

The two were convicted of mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud and face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The sentencing will take place on June 21, 2024.


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