NEW YORK (AP) – A Long Island firm sold tens of millions of dollars worth of China-made surveillance and other sensitive security gear to customers including the US military, falsely claiming it was made in America, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Prosecutors’ alleged fraud by Aventura Technologies Inc. raised “serious concern” about cybersecurity, U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said.
Although there was no evidence of any wrongdoing or Chinese government involvement, emails recovered as part of the investigation showed that “individuals in China were well aware of what was going on” , Donoghue said.
Equipment made in China and sold by Aventura “as supposedly made in the United States has been installed at dozens of Army, Navy and Air Force bases, Ministry facilities of Energy and, among other things, on naval aircraft carriers,” the criminal prosecutors said. complaint.
Authorities accuse the company of systematically relabeling its merchandise to indicate that it was manufactured in its American factory. The cover-up included the use of a photo that an Aventura executive said showed the company’s assembly line but was actually an image of workers at a Chinese factory, he said.
Seven current and former Aventura employees, including members of its senior management, have been charged with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.
A phone message seeking comment was left Thursday at Aventura headquarters in Commack, New York.
Customs and Border Protection officers inspect a shipment from China at a customs warehouse in Queens on May 1, 2017. The shipment contained two types of surveillance cameras bearing the logo and address of Aventura Technologies . (US Department of Justice)
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