$250K in phony iPhone parts seized, 3 arrested

COVINA – three people were arrested and $250,00 in counterfeit iPhone parts were seized in Walnut, Rowland Heights and Covina, sheriff’s officials announced today.

The bust happened at five locations Thursday, and officials recovered counterfeit iPhone rear panels, phone covers and chargers with a street value of about $250,000, said Detective Kay Budge of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Commercial Crimes Bureau.

“Detectives…working on information provided by Apple inc. conducted a three-month investigation into alleged counterfeit iPhone parts being sold on the internet through various auction sites,” Budge said in a statement.

Officials believe the unauthorized parts were imported from China, Budge said.

Two men and one woman were arrested and booked for possession of known counterfeit parts with the intent to sell those parts to the public, Budge said, adding that the names of the suspects will remain withheld due to the on- going investigation.

The three each are being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.