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Wholesaler Took $20 million from U.S. military for Uniforms, Gave it Chinese Knockoffs

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According to a release by the Department of Justice, Ramin Kohanbash provided samples of actual military uniforms and gear to manufacturers in China to replicate, in order to have knock-offs made for sale to the U.S. military.

Wholesaler Took $20 million from U.S. military for Uniforms, Gave it Chinese Knockoffs

Oh boy. 

The U.S. military was duped into buying over $20 million worth of fake uniform and equipment made in China, and now a Brooklyn wholesaler is paying the price.

According to a release by the Department of Justice, Ramin Kohanbash provided samples of actual military uniforms and gear to manufacturers in China to replicate, in order to have knock-offs made for sale to the U.S. military.

After the fakes were made in China, the goods were shipped and sold as planned, costing the U.S. military a pretty penny for inferior goods.

The procurement violated the Berry Amendment and Trade Agreements Act, which mandated that goods be made in the U.S. and a select number of allied countries, with China obviously not on that list.

“Among other items Kohanbash and his co-conspirators arranged to counterfeit, were military parkas used by U.S. Air Force personnel stationed in Afghanistan,” the statement read. “These parkas are made with a fabric known as Multicam®, which incorporates specialized near-infrared (“NIR”) management technology designed to make the wearer more difficult to detect with equipment such as night-vision goggles. According to the information, two hundred of these counterfeit Multicam® parkas, lacking the critical NIR management technology, were sold to a U.S. Air Force Base Supply Center.”

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