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Counterfeit Airbags Recovered at Chicago-area Auto Shop

The owner of G7 Auto Diagnostics, a Bridgeview, Illinois vehicle diagnostic center, has been charged with felony counterfeit trademarks after at least two dozen counterfeit airbags were found at his business, announced Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart Thursday.

On Feb. 7, Sheriff’s Police and Homeland Security Investigations special agents went to the address listed for a shipment of counterfeit air bags from China that officers had seized earlier that week. Investigators learned that Grzegorz Lepkowski, who lived at the location, had ordered the airbags for his friend Stanislaw Gondek.

CBP had previously notified Gondek on three separate occasions that the agency had seized counterfeit airbags that were being shipped to his business in Bridgeview.

Sheriff’s Police and HSI special agents went to Gondek’s business and, with his consent, searched the location and found 31 airbags, of which 24 were determined to be counterfeit.

The airbags were for Honda, Mazda, Ford, Lexus, Toyota, Chevrolet and Volkswagen vehicles.

Lepkowski has been charged with a misdemeanor count of counterfeit trademarks. Gondek, 31, of Hickory Hills, Ill., has been charged with a felony count of counterfeit trademarks. Gondek appeared Saturday in bond court at the George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building and was ordered released on his own recognizance.

The investigation was conducted by Cook County Sheriff’s Police, with assistance from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).