More on a story briefly mentioned yesterday on R20. A federal judge sentences a New York City man to 37 months in prison after trafficking in more than a million counterfeit Trojan condoms and "callously...put[ting] a lot of people at high risk", reports the Wall Street Journal.
Jian “Jimmy” Wang, an American citizen who emigrated from China, received the sentence in Brooklyn federal court from Judge Brian Cogan. He is the first of seven defendants to be sentenced. Six others were charged, and five from the group have pleaded guilty. The remaining defendant is at large in China. The six-year counterfeiting scheme was uncovered after the knockoff condoms were tested and found to be underperforming, according to court papers. Magnum brands were smaller than they should have been, ribbed models had no ribs, and spermicide condoms had no spermicide. The condoms were imported from China, according to court papers. “This defendant rather callously, in exchange for money, was willing to put a lot of people at high risk,” Judge Cogan said during the sentencing.
Even non-counterfeit condoms can be faulty but these were even more so. The "condoms were made in unsanitary conditions, lubricated with vegetable oil, and packaged in plastic wrappers rather than the foil packaging used for authentic Trojan brand condoms," reports EDGE.