2 plead guilty to selling counterfeit goods

HOUSTON (AP) -Federal prosecutors say two brothers have admitted selling counterfeit Cisco computer hardware to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 38-year-old Michael Edman and 29-year-old Robert Edman pleaded guilty Tuesday in Houston to one count each of trafficking in counterfeit goods.

Both face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000 at their sentencing next year.

Investigators say Robert Edman operated Syren Technology and sold parts purported to be genuine Cisco networking products. His customers also included the Marine Corps, Air Force, FBI, Federal Aviation Administration, as well as defense contractors, universities and financial institutions.

Michael Edman also operated a business that sold technology products. Investigators say he provided $69,000 in funding to his brother to buy counterfeit parts from a man in China.

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