LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Chino woman was sentenced on Monday to 41 months in federal prison for bribery and trafficking in counterfeit Malibu Pilates and Bowflex exercise equipment.

Chunchai Yu, also known as Katherine Yu, was convicted in July in Los Angeles federal court of two counts of bribery and six counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The jury in the case determined that 47-year-old Yu imported approximately $581,000 worth of counterfeit exercise equipment from China, gear that was withheld by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in July 2009, prosecutors said.

Yu later negotiated and paid a $12,000 cash bribe to an undercover agent with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, whom she thought was a customs official, with the hope of having the shipment released to her, federal prosecutors said.

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Comments (12)
  1. CLee says:

    Sometimes I’ve found Chinese counterfeits
    (knock offs) made better than Brand name

    1. knguyen says:


      1. stuart says:

        what is wrong with ‘made in China ‘ ?
        a long time ago it was made in Japan or made in Taiwan.
        now you see many Japanese, Taiwanese ( especially ) or even American corporations set up branches and manufacturer products in China instead of their own country, because it is cheaper with same or better quality .

  2. 2 Comments says:

    41 months in jail is more than some murderers get. I’d rather have my tax dollars go to jailing a murderer than a counterfiter.

  3. WIREGUY_BILL says:

    They are probably made by the same company! Hopefully the companies that send manufacturing to China will learn a lesson. And if we are lucky that won’t be how to steal better!!!

  4. MMcK says:

    Pretty soon China will own America.

    1. UncleSam says:

      China is a third world country, enough with your wishful thinking chinaboy.

  5. Bill Jones says:

    I wonder if they caught the real Katherine Yu or if she’s some cheap, Chinese knock-off.

    1. stuart says:

      No, i am sure it is the real Katherine Yu

  6. White Trash Sweeper says:

    Steve H., after you get raped in your trailer park, blame the jews and complain about the waste about taxpayers’ money spend to prosecute the perp.

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