Union Co. man sentenced to 7 years for counterfeit airbag scheme

INDIAN TRAIL, NC (WBTV) - A federal judge sentenced a Union County man to seven years in prison for illegally shipping in fake car parts to the United States. He's facing possible deportation to his home country of Russia after serving his sentence.

Igor Borodin, 28, of Indian Trail, pleaded guilty last October  in U.S. District Court in Charlotte to trafficking in counterfeit airbags.

Borodin also pleaded guilty to delivering and causing to be delivered hazardous material, automobile airbags, by air commerce in violation of rules and regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Transportation, according to the news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina.

"My client sold airbags that had counterfeit logos and emblems on them, that's illegal and he's accepting responsibility for it," said Chris Fialko, Borodin's attorney.

On August 21, a federal criminal indictment charged Borodin with one count of trafficking and attempting to traffic in counterfeit airbags bearing the registered trademarks of automobile manufacturers, and one count of delivering and causing to be delivered hazardous materials (airbags) to air carriers for transportation in air commerce.

According to filed court documents and related court proceedings, Borodin is part-owner of Krugger Auto, located in Charlotte. On August 16, federal agents executed search warrants at Krugger Auto and Borodin's residence in Indian Trail.

Court records show that while executing the search warrants, agents recovered 99 counterfeit airbags from Borodin's business and 1,514 counterfeit airbags from his residence. Court records also show that Borodin had purchased the counterfeit airbags from China, which he then resold through eBay.

According to filed documents and court proceedings, the counterfeit airbag shipments ordered by Borodin did not display the legally-required hazardous material warnings when the shipments were transported in air commerce from China to the United States.

"My client's an example of an American dream gone bad by dealing with Chinese manufacturers, that's what happened in this case, he regrets it," said Fialko.

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