Ehab Ali Ashoor
On December 7, 2009, Ehab Ali Ashoor, 49, a Saudi Arabian national living in the United States was arrested and charged with selling counterfeit computer parts to the U.S. Marine Corps. Ashoor was said to have procured equipment from the U.S. firm Cisco, but were actually produced in China.
The United States government presented evidence proving Ashoor, through his company CDS Federal Inc., was awarded a contract in June 2008 to supply 200 Cisco GBICs to the Marine Corps for use in their computer network at the Marine Base in Al Taqaddum, Iraq, located approximately 65 kilometers west of Fallujah.
Despite receiving a warning from an online vendor that GBICs being sold by Chinese online vendors were counterfeit, Ashoor nevertheless purchased 200 GBICs from a Hong Kong vendor off eBay for approximately $25 USD each on July 21, 2008.
Further, e-mails recovered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents showed that Ashoor had to specify to the Hong Kong seller that he wanted the GBICs to be in Cisco packaging. The price Ashoor paid for the GBICs were less than 1% of the market price for genuine Cisco GBICs. He was to be paid $1,595 USD per GBIC for a total contract price of $319,000 USD while Ashoor paid only $5,500 USD for the 200 counterfeit Cisco GBICs from China. Thus, Ashoor would have netted a profit of more than $314,000 USD, or 4,000%, had Customs and Border Protection Inspectors in Chicago, Illinois, not intercepted the counterfeit parts on July 28, 2008, before Ashoor could successfully deliver them to the Marine Corps in Iraq. (1)
On May 9, 2010, the Saudi businessman was convicted on all charges of supplying counterfeit equipment to the U.S. military and was sentenced to 120 months' imprisonment and a $1 million USD fine.
On October 24, 2013, Ehab Ali Ashoor, BOP Register Number 43633-279 was successfully treaty transferred back to Saudi Arabia. (2)