RCMP seize $2 million of counterfeit network components

    TORONTO, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - Two Thornhill residents and a company have been
charged by the RCMP's Greater Toronto Area Federal Enforcement Section for
their role in the sale and distribution of counterfeit networking components.
Charged with two counts each of Fraud Over $5000, and one count each of
Passing Off and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime are:

    Aaron SANANES, age 44 of Charnwood Place, Thornhill, Ontario
    Mandi FITLEBERG, age 45, of Charnwood Place, Thornhill, Ontario
    NETWORK IT of Don Park Road, Markham

    The RCMP's investigation commenced in October 2006, when CISCO SYSTEMS
INC., a manufacturer of networking components for the Internet and digital
transmissions, complained that NETWORK IT was distributing large quantities of
counterfeit network components to companies in the United States via the
Internet. Their allegation was supported by several law enforcement actions
taken in the United States by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in relation to the distribution
of networking components. In November 2006, investigators from the RCMP, ICE,
and the FBI formed a joint initiative to disrupting the flow of counterfeit
CISCO networking components in North America.
    On February 21, 2007, with the cooperation of their US law enforcement
partners, the RCMP executed a Search Warrant on the business premises of
NETWORK IT, in Markham. Approximately 1,600 counterfeit parts were seized with
an estimated value of over 2 million dollars.
    "Counterfeit products greatly undermine the integrity of our economy"
stated Inspector Peter Goulet, Officer in Charge of the RCMP Greater Toronto
Area Federal Enforcement Section. "In many cases the end users were unaware
that counterfeit products were being placed in their computers, and depending
on the function of those computers this could cause serious health and safety
    The accused will appear at Newmarket Court on February 28, 2008 for a
first appearance.

For further information:

For further information: Cpl. Cathie Glenn, RCMP, (905) 953-7347

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