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    continues pursuing supplies counterfeiters

    LEXINGTON, Ky.,March 05 –Lexmark International, Inc.  is
    continuing its campaign against counterfeit consumable supplies and packaging by
    supporting the efforts of law enforcement officers in the pursuit of those
    suspected of marketing counterfeit Lexmark toner cartridges.

    Undercover raids in three states resulted in the recent
    arrest of one individual, David Carl Lasota, and led to the issuance of an
    arrest warrant for Joseph Lamar Johnson. Based on records seized in this
    multi-state investigation, more than 13,000 counterfeit Lexmark toner cartridge
    boxes 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 counterfeit toner cartridges.

    As a result of these efforts, the United States Attorney’s
    Office for the Middle District of Florida (based in Jacksonville) presented
    investigative findings to a federal grand jury that issued indictments against
    Lasota and Johnson for conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods or services.
    Lasota was also charged with the additional federal offense of trafficking in
    counterfeit goods or services. Trafficking in counterfeit goods carries a
    maximum sentence of 10 years. Officers also seized business records and the
    artwork and printing plates used to make counterfeit cartons.

    Protecting customers

    This multi-state investigation continues efforts by Lexmark
    over the past several years to preserve the quality of the printing experience
    involving genuine, Lexmark-branded equipment.

    Worldwide distribution operations of counterfeit consumable
    supplies, such as toner and inkjet cartridges, are estimated at more than $1
    billion annually. Customers using counterfeit supplies products risk poorer
    equipment performance, low supply yields, inferior print quality, toner leakage,
    high cartridge failure rates and increased equipment downtime – all of which
    cost the customer time and money.

    “Lexmark is dedicated to ensuring customer value through
    ongoing efforts to identify, investigate and prosecute counterfeit operations,”
    said Paul Rooke, Lexmark vice president and president of its Printing Solutions
    and Services Division. “Lexmark has zero tolerance for counterfeiting because we
    want to ensure that when a customer purchases Lexmark they know they are getting
    a genuine Lexmark product.”

    Helping customers identify counterfeits

    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. Both distributors and
    consumers check the ISC Web site ( http://www.isc-inc.orG /) for further
    information on supplies fraud.