China Makes 'Exceptional' iPhone Factory Bust

Beijing operation employed hundreds
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2015 1:00 AM CDT
Authorities found this fake iPhone store in Kunming in 2011.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Is China getting serious about cracking down on fakes? Police in Beijing say they've shut down a factory that employed hundreds of people and ran six assembly lines creating fake iPhones for export, some of which reached the US, reports Reuters. Police say they acted on information from the US to find the factory, which produced more than 41,000 phony iPhones, reports the Wall Street Journal, which calls the bust "exceptional both for its scale and its overseas reach." Investigators say the couple who set up the factory earlier this year repackaged secondhand smartphone parts to create the fakes. (In 2011, Chinese authorities shut down 22 fake Apple stores in a single city.)

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