Some of the bogus Apple (aapl) hardware recovered by Los Angeles Port Police. Estimated street value: $10 million.
"This was a well-funded operation, and the counterfeits looked very authentic," chief Ron Boyd told the
. Buyers might not have discovered they'd been bilked, he said, until they got home and tried to hook the devices up with iTunes.
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