US DOD BOUGHT PHONEY MILITARY GEAR MADE IN CHINA, INCLUDING COUNTER-NIGHT VISION CLOTHING THAT DIDN’T ACTUALLY WORK

On 31st May, the Military Times reported on a case involving a Brooklyn-based wholesaler who was paid $20 million by the US military and other agencies for counterfeit gear, prosecutors say, including parkas for airmen in Afghanistan supposedly designed to counter night-vision goggles, between January 2013 and October 2018.  The types of parkas involved 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, but the counterfeit versions lacked the technology.  Ramin Kohanbash, 49, and other associates, operated a clothing and goods wholesaler and sent samples of legitimate US military uniforms and gear to Chinese manufacturers, who then replicated the designs.  DoJ officials seized more than 1,700 boxes of counterfeit military uniform items that included ponchos, gloves and fleece jackets.

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-air-force/2019/05/30/dod-bought-phony-military-gear-made-in-china-including-counter-night-vision-clothing-that-didnt-actually-work/

An indictment is at –

https://www.justice.gov/usao-ri/press-release/file/1164641/download

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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