Fake Compaq boards seized in New Hampshire raid

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Counterfeit Compaq Computer Corp. parts were seized in New Hampshire after the company was contacted by a customer who received suspect memory boards from an unauthorized wholesaler.

A seizure conducted by U.S. Marshals on Jan. 29 at Hardware 4 Less in Bow, New Hampshire turned up an unspecified number of counterfeit memory boards and hard drives. Also confiscated were Compaq labels, packing material, warranty booklets and software licenses used to manufacturer and package the fake products. Hardware 4 Less was not available for comment.

"An injunction against Hardware 4 Less to prohibit the company from continuing to sell the counterfeit products has been issued," said Elizabeth Gillan, a spokeswoman for Compaq in Houston. "We will bring to justice those who are counterfeiting products and make sure we protect our customers and authorized distribution partners."

Though no arrests or legal actions have been made against individuals at this time, Gillan said Compaq will seek several million in damages from Hardware 4 Less for illegally manufacturing and distributing counterfeit Compaq products. The OEM also is pursuing and has obtained court injunctions against several other companies that have been buying and selling counterfeit Compaq products.

The action falls on the heels of a similar search and seizure carried out last year when Compaq in cooperation with the U.S. Marshals, the FBI and the Orange Country U.S. Attorney's office confiscated millions in counterfeit parts from Dynasty Memory in Santa Ana, Calif.

News source: EBN - Fake Compaq boards seized in New Hampshire raid

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