Federal authorities say the owner and administrator of a Pinellas County electronics company sold counterfeit material to the U.S. Navy and other defense contractors, putting American lives at risk.

On Tuesday, federal authorities raided VisionTech Components, in Clearwater, and arrested the company’s owner, Shannon L. Wren, 42, and Stephanie L. McCloskey, 38, who is “administrator” for the company, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

The pair sold counterfeit high-tech integrated circuits imported from China and Hong Kong and marketed them as “military-grade,” according to Justice officials. Both suspects have been charged with conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit goods, and mail fraud.

VisionTech generated $15.8 in revenue from the sale of the counterfeit circuits, which are used to control electricity in machinery and vehicles, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen.

“Product counterfeiting, particularly of the sophisticated kind of equipment used by our armed forces, puts lives and property at risk,” stated Machen.

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