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Brothers jailed for selling fake Wrigley gum

TWO brothers were sentenced to 14 months and one year in prison for selling more than 80,000 counterfeit packs of Wrigley gum, a world-famous producer, the Pudong New Area People's Court said yesterday.

At the court, Song Hui and Song Ping, whose ages were not revealed, pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit goods of registered brands. The court said the two brothers sold 4,190 boxes of counterfeit Doublemint gum and 72 boxes of counterfeit Extra gum to 29 stores and supermarkets in Beijing and Shanghai. The total sales volume was more than 90,000 yuan (US$14,221).

The Song brothers, who came from northeastern China's Heilongjiang Province, said they bought the counterfeit Doublemint gum from a friend last year.

They said they didn't know the gum was fake until they started selling it in Beijing. As counterfeit gum brought them more profits, the pair came to Shanghai in May for "more business."

Prosecutors said the pair forged certificates and business cards and pretended to be salesmen with the gum company, selling fake gum on a small scale to retail stores and supermarkets in the city's suburban areas.

The court heard they bought fake gum at 840 yuan per case and sold it for 1,238 yuan, while a genuine case costs 1,260 yuan. They also provided small gifts such as complimentary umbrellas and cooking oils to attract more clients, prosecutors said.

On May 17, the couple sold two cases of counterfeit Doublemint gum at 2,476 yuan to a retail shop owner surnamed Luo in Pudong New Area. Luo reported to the police after discovering no wax in the box and assuming the gum was counterfeit.

The Song brothers were apprehended on May 23. Police also seized counterfeit gum valued at more than 15,000 yuan in their apartment, the court heard.


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