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Union Co. counterfeit suspect appears in federal court

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CHARLOTTE -- A Union County man suspected of being involved in a multi-state counterfeit operation had his first appearance in federal court today.

Igor Borodin, 26, is in the Mecklenburg County jail, after his first appearance at the federal courthouse Friday, where he is being held without bond.

Boridin entered the courtroom, wearing that same orange jumpsuit, smirking.

He's charged with intentionally trafficking counterfeit goods, specifically motor vehicle airbags.

He's also charged with using counterfeit marks identical to marks registered with patents and trademarks. Those marks used to cause confusion, mistake, or to deceive.

The judge never said whether or not these airbags worked, but they were said to be a risk to the community.

Borodin was arrested yesterday, when Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers raided a home on Crismark Drive in Indian Trail.

Hundreds of boxes were removed from that home, along with other items. Some were marked “explosive.”

One agent said this multi-state counterfeit operation spans across four states, including North and South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.

Borodin said in court that he is self-employed in the car business.

The government asked for Borodin to be held in pretrial detention, because of the serious risk of flight.

They said he is not a U.S. citizen and they seized a large amount of cash Thursday.

Officers said they don't know where the rest of his cash is stored, so there is nothing tying him here.

They also said the counterfeit materials demonstrate a serious risk to the community.

Borodin is facing a maximum of 10 years in prison, and a $5 million fine.

He did have about five other family members or friends present in the courtroom, but they did not give us any comment.

His next court appearance is next Wednesday.

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