Chino Woman Gets Prison For Fake Bowflex, Pilates

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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