*NEWS*LEXMARK CONVICTS CTG COUNTERFEITER

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*NEWS*LEXMARK CONVICTS CTG COUNTERFEITER

 user 2005-09-01 at 11:32:00 am Views: 60
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    Lexmark applauds law enforcement authorities for success in conviction, prison sentence for counterfeiter of laser cartridges

    LEXINGTON, Ky., SEPT.05 — Lexmark International,
    Inc. today applauded the success of law enforcement authorities in
    obtaining a conviction and prison sentence for an individual charged with
    marketing counterfeit Lexmark laser cartridges.
        David C. Lasota Jr., convicted of trafficking in counterfeit goods and
    using counterfeit marks in violation of federal law, was sentenced to 18
    months in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution of $63,406.80 to
    Lexmark.
        Based on records seized in a multi-state investigation, more than 13,000
    counterfeit Lexmark toner cartridges were fraudulently marketed. Working with
    Lexmark and Stumar Investigations, the Allegheny County Police Department in
    Pennsylvania, the Clifton, New Jersey, Police Department, the Florida
    Department of Law Enforcement and the United States Postal Inspection Service
    issued multiple search warrants in an effort to stop the sale of these toner
    cartridges.
        This case continues efforts by Lexmark over the past several years to
    preserve the quality of the printing experience involving genuine, Lexmark-
    branded equipment. Customers using counterfeit supplies products risk poorer
    equipment performance, low supply yields, inferior print quality, toner or ink
    leakage, high cartridge failure rates and increased equipment downtime – all
    of which cost the customer time and money.
        “We applaud this successful prosecution and we thank the authorities
    involved for demonstrating their commitment to protecting customers from these
    fraudulent activities. Counterfeiting is a serious crime that defrauds
    customers and we at Lexmark intend to do everything we can to support the
    authorities in the arrest and conviction of the responsible parties,” said
    Vincent J. Cole, Lexmark vice president and general counsel.
        Lexmark is a founding member of the Imaging Supplies Coalition (ISC),
    which has launched a consumer-education initiative called “When in doubt,
    check it out.”  To protect customers from being victimized, this program
    allows those who question product quality or authenticity to submit products
    anonymously to the ISC to determine if the supplies are counterfeit. Since the
    inception of the program, the ISC says counterfeit awareness has increased
    significantly among distribution channels.