The owner of a Costa Mesa-based company was arrested Tuesday on federal charges of selling counterfeit products, which were sometimes used in military equipment.
Rogelio Vasquez, 43, of Orange, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges in a 30-count indictment alleging he acquired from “sources” in China “old, used and/or discarded” integrated circuits that were doctored so they could be resold as if they were new, according to the indictment.
Vasquez is also accused of instructing a testing lab in China to give him two versions of a test report, including one with the correct results and another “sanitized version to provide to his customer” that would conceal the parts were used or in “poor condition,” the indictment alleges.
The indictment handed down Friday charges Vasquez with nine counts of wire fraud, 20 counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods and one count of trafficking in counterfeit military goods.
The wire fraud and trafficking in counterfeit military goods charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and each count of trafficking of counterfeit goods carries up to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said.
Federal prosecutors are also seeking $97,362 in cash seized from Vasquez’s home in 2016.
A message left with Vasquez was not immediately returned.