Lights out for bulb counterfeiter
A man has been arrested, accused of counterfeiting Philips, Osram and other light bulbs, prosecutors in Fengxian District said on Monday.
In December last year, Fengxian police received a report of someone making fake Philips and Osram bulbs in a village in suburban Jiading District.
An investigation and subsequent raid on December 12 of a warehouse where a man named Yu was counterfeiting branded bulbs led to seizure of thousands of counterfeits. The market prices of originals of the bulbs added up to more than 150,000 yuan (US$22,000).
Yu confessed, telling police that he used to work in a filament factory but left because of the low salary. He tried to start his own, honest, business but still lost money, which made him consider counterfeiting.
He bought a printer online with some trademarks of large bulb producers, bought unbranded bulbs at low prices and had packs made by a fake pack maker.
Initially, he made the fakes in his truck, but soon rented a warehouse in Jiading, taking orders during the day and producing bulbs at night.