Students arrested in counterfeit iPhones raid in Queens

May 31, 2013 2:24:01 PM PDT
A police raid in Queens has uncovered hundreds of counterfeit iPhones.

It looked as though they had enough Apple products in this house to start their own pop-up store in Queens.

What looked like more than 450 iPhones, nearly 20 iPads, and five iTouches, not to mention, an air pistol, marijuana, and nearly 9,000 in cash.

Authorities now say most of the devices were counterfeit, and three fraternity brothers from St. John's University are facing a felony charge.

22-year-old Adam Jaffer, who just graduated, and 20-year-olds William Chen and Justin Pinder, have both just completed their sophomore years at the school.

Eyewitness News caught up with Pinder Friday who insists that this is all a big mistake.

"I can't give you any details, can't give you anything, just talk to my lawyer. But I'm innocent, that's all I can tell you," Pinder said.

He didn't tell Eyewitness News who his lawyer is, but others who know the students say Pinder and Chen may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

They say that Jaffer would brag about his "side business" all the time, although no one knew what it was.

Meanwhile, police came upon the house by chance, sources tell Eyewitness News, they were investigating another case when they discovered people with a load of cell phones to sell them.

At first police assumed all of the Apple products were stolen, but Apple has an expert who comes in, and checks how these back plates are made, and that's how they know, the merchandise isn't real.

Authorities say only four of the phones were stolen and from as far away as Las Vegas.

Neighbors say they are a bit surprised by it all.

"From what we knew, they were just some loud college kids," a neighbor said.

The students were all released without bail, but are due back in court on July 23rd.