By Leah Simpson For Dailymail.com
Published: 22:13 BST, 7 April 2019 | Updated: 22:41 BST, 7 April 2019
Two Oregon college students are facing jail after allegedly raking in $895,800 an iPhone scam.
Yangyang Zhou and Quon Jiang are alleged to have sent a total of 1,500 fake iPhones to Apple claiming the imports from Hong Kong were faulty, in order to get real devices back and sell online.
Corvallis Oregon State engineering student Zhou could spend five years behind bars and have to pay $10,000 for making false or misleading claims on an export declaration.
Jiang who studies electrical engineering at Linn Benton Community College in Albany, faces 30 years in prison and $2million in fines accused of trafficking in counterfeit goods and wire fraud.
Yangyang Zhou and Quon Jiang are alleged to have earned $895,800 by sending fake iPhones to Apple and claiming they were faulty and needed replacements. Pictured are boxes at Zhou's home
A March court filing states authorities were tipped off about Chinese students – in the US on student visas until completing their courses last year – by US Customs and Border Protection who discovered at least five products that appeared fake.
They started investigating two years ago and by March 2018 Jiang had been accused.
Documents say Zhou