A military forger is imprisoned | Manufacture.net

A Brooklyn clothing and merchandise wholesaler that sold counterfeit U.S. military uniforms and gear from China has received a prison sentence 40 months after pleading guilty three years ago to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and trafficking in counterfeit goods.

The wholesaler, Ramin Kohanbash, had led the development, manufacture and import of uniforms and equipment for the US military from 2013 to 2018 and racked up $20 million in revenue.

The counterfeit products were made in China and sold to the US government. However, many products lacked safety features and failed to meet certain specifications. Among the counterfeit products were 13,332 jackets not resistant to enemy night vision goggles and 18,597 non-fireproof balaclavas that US Air Force airmen could wear or carry.

US laws require that products sold to the US military be manufactured domestically. The law allows other designated countries, but China is not on the list.

In addition to the jail sentence, Kohanbash was ordered to forfeit $20 million in proceeds and make indefinite restitutions to companies victimized by his operation, one of which is a Rhode Island Company who reportedly lost more than $639,000 in profits. The company also said the distribution of counterfeit products has harmed its relationship with its military customers.

The scheme included two other defendants, Bernard Klein and Terry Roe, who worked with Kohanbash to provide samples of authentic military uniforms and equipment to Chinese manufacturers. Examples included tags and labels with trademarks of 15 companies that manufacture military products.

Once Kohanbash received the counterfeit products, he sold and shipped them to the military and its suppliers. Kohanbash and Roe also included fake certification letters claiming the supplies were made in the United States.

Klein’s sentence included 18 months incarceration, fines and restitution. Roe will be sentenced on October 20.