Woman sentenced in counterfeit cell phone fraud scheme

     SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – A southwest Missouri woman was sentenced to two years in prison without parole for selling more than $90 million worth of counterfeit cell phone parts.

     Federal prosecutors say 59-year-old Sherrie Householder, of Nixa, was

sentenced Thursday and ordered to pay $8.8 million in restitution. She pleaded guilty in May to mail fraud and money laundering.

     Prosecutors say Householder operated Flash Technology, which sold cell phone components through the Internet and at a store in Springfield.

     Flash Tech shipped cell phone parts throughout the U.S., bringing in more than $90 million from December 2012 to January 2016.

     The components were marketed as being property of well-known technology companies, such as Apple and Kindle, but they were counterfeit, with most coming from China.


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