Florida Woman Sentenced for Trafficking Counterfeit High Tech Devices
On October 25, 2011, Stephanie McCloskey was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for her role in a scheme in which she and others imported counterfeit integrated circuits from China and Hong Kong and sold hundreds of thousands of them to the military and transportation contractors. McCloskey, former Administrative Manager of VisionTech Components, located in Clearwater, Florida, was sentenced to 38 months incarceration, 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to forfeit $166,141.23, which represents the income she earned at VisionTech. Additionally, a restitution order will follow within 90 days which could be as much as $578,062.23.
In September 2010, McCloskey and Shannon L. Wren, owner of VisionTech Components, were arrested on charges in connection with the sale of counterfeit integrated circuits. On the day of their arrest, search warrants were executed on the business and residents which resulted in the seizure of proceeds from their criminal activity. Following their arrest, McCloskey and Wren were indicted on conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit goods, and mail fraud. McCloskey pled guilty in November 2010, for her role in the conspiracy.
This investigation is being conducted jointly with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations, and the General Services Administration Office of Inspector General.