(Military Times) Kyle Rempfer May 31 2019 The U.S. military government agencies and other purchasers bought more than $20 million worth of Chinese-made counterfeit goods designed to look like domestically produced gear from a company that defrauded the government and helped to orchestrate the counterfeiting process between January 2013 and October 2018 Justice Department officials said last week. The counterfeit gear included 200 specialized parkas designed to counter night vision goggles that would have been used by U.S. Air Force personnel stationed in Afghanistan. But the Multicam APECS Parkas sold to an unnamed U.S. Air Force base supply center didnt actually do that which could have put troops lives at risk. Those types of parkas use a near-infrared technology woven into the fabric that is designed to make the wearer more difficult for enemy forces to detect with equipment such as night-vision goggles justice officials said. The counterfeit versions however lacked the near-infrared technology unbeknownst to the wearer. The sales were in violation of the Berry Amendment and the Trade Agreements Act which require goods sold to the military and certain government buyers to be manufactured in either the United States or select countries. China is not one of those countries justice officials said. Ramin Kohanbash 49 and other associates operated a Brooklyn New York clothing and goods wholesaler. He and his associates sent samples of legitimate U.S. military uniforms and gear to Chinese manufacturers who then replicated the designs according to a May 21 filing in U.S. District Court.
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