A Johnson County man has pleaded guilty in federal court to selling $1 million worth of counterfeit Cisco computer equipment, authorities said.
Timothy Weatherly, 28, of Overland Park, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and make false statements in order to smuggle goods into the United States.
In his plea, Weatherly admitted he operated a business called Deals Direct Inc. from his home in Overland Park and a warehouse in Merriam.
Beginning in 2005 and continuing through Nov. 14, 2006, the company imported computer equipment from China, prosecutors alleged.
The conspirators put counterfeit Cisco labels on the equipment and placed the counterfeit goods in Cisco boxes with counterfeit Cisco manuals. The counterfeit equipment was sold on Deal Direct's website and on eBay as genuine Cisco equipment, prosecutors alleged.
The conspirators obtained access to Cisco's confidential serial number verification website in order to obtain legitimate serial numbers. Working with a manufacturer in Hong Kong, the conspirators used multiple shippers and other methods to attempt to keep shipments from being seized by customs officials, prosecutors alleged.
When investigators served a search warrant in November 2006 in Merriam, they found hundreds of counterfeit Cisco labels, stickers, boxes and documentation as well as thousands of counterfeit Cisco goods.
Sentencing is set for Feb. 14. Weatherly faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. In his plea agreement, Weatherly agreed to a $1 million money judgment to forfeit all proceeds from the crime.
Co-defendant Christopher Meyers is set for trial on Jan. 3.