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  • #8967
    Lexmark Helps Nab

    Worldwide volume
    of counterfeit consumables estimated at $1B

    And you thought toner was boring. In the latest episode of an ongoing
    cloak-and-dagger drama, printing and imaging vendor Lexmark is battling
    counterfeit consumable supplies and packaging by helping law enforcement track
    down people and companies suspected of marketing counterfeit Lexmark toner

    Within the past few months, undercover raids in three states have led to one
    arrest and the issuance of an arrest warrant for another suspect. The raids
    seized more than 13,000 counterfeit Lexmark toner cartridge boxes in Florida,
    New Jersey and Pennsylvania. A federal grand jury has issued indictments against
    the two suspects for conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods or services, and
    also charged one of them with trafficking in counterfeit goods or services,
    which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

    “Lexmark is dedicated to ensuring customer value through ongoing efforts to
    identify, investigate and prosecute counterfeit operations,” says Paul Rooke,
    Lexmark vice president and president of its Printing Solutions and Services

    For the past several years, Lexmark has worked with law enforcement “to
    preserve the quality of the printing experience involving genuine,
    Lexmark-branded equipment,” according to a statement issued by the company. The
    worldwide volume of counterfeit consumable supplies, including toner and inkjet
    cartridges, is estimated at more than $1 billion annually.