by Sam Clanton
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A woman from Nixa pleads guilty in federal court to selling more than 80-million dollars worth of counterfeit cell phone components over the internet, and at a store in Springfield.
Fifty-nine-year-old Sherrie Householder admitted she sold counterfeit items over a three-year period ending in January. She managed and operated Flash Technology, LLC, also known as Flash Tech – a business that sold components such as replacement screens, lithium batteries, weight scales and phone cases.
Although the parts contained trademarks and markings that made them appear legitimate, prosecutors say the components were actually counterfeit.
At least nine separate shipments, each with multiple packages, were inspected and ultimately confiscated by federal agents. After the initial seizure, Householder reportedly caused future shipments to be sent to different names and addresses, then re-routed delivery to Flash Tech.
Under federal statutes, Householder is subject to a sentence of up to 35 years in federal prison without parole.