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Man Sentenced For Trafficking In Counterfeit GM Diagnostic Equipment

Justin DeMatteo, 31, of Saxe, VA has been sentenced in federal court to serve one year and one day in prison for selling counterfeit GM automotive diagnostic devices. He pleaded guilty back in September to one count of trafficking in goods bearing counterfeit marks. In addition to his prison term, DeMatteo was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $328,500 in restitution, which is believed to be the full amount of GM’s losses.

At DeMatteo’s plea proceeding, the court entered a consent order of forfeiture requiring him to forfeit $109,074 in criminal proceeds and all facilitating property and contraband seized during the execution of search warrants at his business and home in December 2011.

In court documents, DeMatteo admitted that he sold counterfeit GM-branded “Tech 2” and Controller Area Network diagnostic interface “CANdi” vehicle diagnostic systems between January 2011 and May 2011.

DeMatteo sold the counterfeit units on eBay and accepted payment via PayPal, according to court records. He purchased the units from unauthorized manufacturers in China and, in many cases, had them drop-shipped directly from China to U.S. customers.

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