FBI nails counterfeit auto parts ring

Three automotive parts suppliers face indictments for selling counterfeit name-brand parts.


They sold these parts to individuals and entities that they understood would re-sell them to the general public and to certain automotive repair shops, including repair shops that service New York City's taxis and limousines, which are subject to separate and regularly scheduled safety testing by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. Malhotra obtained some of these counterfeit parts from China, and Kilani exported some of these counterfeit parts to Saudi Arabia.

Similarly, from November 2011 through June 2012, Dininni, who operated Professional Parts USA in Easton, Pennsylvania, also conspired to sell counterfeit OEM parts. Along with his co-conspirators, Dininni also deceptively packaged and caused to be packaged certain aftermarket automotive parts, including brake pads and water pumps to falsely make it appear as though these parts had been manufactured by OEMs. Dininni and his co-conspirators then sold these parts to individuals and entities that they understood would re-sell them to the general public and to certain automotive repair shops, including repair shops that service New York City's taxis and limousines.

Malhotra, 67, of Norwood, New Jersey; Kilani, 28, of Englewood, New Jersey; and Dininni, 57, of Easton, Pennsylvania, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, and one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

As the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI identify individuals and entities that may have purchased counterfeit automotive parts from these defendants, both will make appropriate notifications. If you believe you may have purchased any counterfeit automotive parts from these defendants or anyone else, you may wish to have your car inspected at an authorized and qualified vehicle inspection facility to determine whether the parts in question are counterfeit.

Bharara praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI. He also thanked U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Department of Commerce for their assistance with this investigation.

This case is being handled by the Office's Complex Frauds Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph Facciponti and Christopher D. Frey are in charge of the prosecution. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Monteleoni is in charge of the asset forfeiture aspects of the case.

The charges contained in the ndictments are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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