Fountain Valley Businessman Sentenced for Bogus Exercise Equipment

Stanley Kuo Jua Yang gets 30 months in federal prison.

A Fountain Valley businessman was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison for importing bogus exercise equipment labeled with such brand names as Malibu Pilates, Bowflex and Ab Circle Pro.

Stanley Kuo Jua Yang, a 36-year-old Irvine resident, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles federal court.

In 2009, Yang imported 40-foot containers with the counterfeit exercise equipment, federal officials said.

About a year later, federal agents served a search warrant at Yang's Fountain Valley business and recovered additional counterfeit exercise equipment, including machines, parts, manuals and stickers, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Also seized were thousands of counterfeit Zumba and Core Rhythm exercise DVDs, more than 10,000 phony Silhouette slim pants and hundreds of bogus BMW navigation DVDs, prosecutors said.

The value of the counterfeit goods was about $900,000, officials said.

-- City News Service


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