The tattoo machine part company that is accused of selling counterfeit plastic tattoos to American customers has been caught again selling parts that are actually from another company.
A US District Court in Boston on Monday issued a $1.5m penalty to Tattoo Maker Group LLC, a subsidiary of the company that manufactures the machines.
The US attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York, which represents the federal government in the case, said in a statement that the government’s investigation into TattooMaker Group LLC “provides a detailed description of the criminal activity” and “exemplifies the strong national security interest of the Department of Justice in pursuing the criminal activities alleged”.
The case against Tattoomaker Group LLC was launched by the FBI in October 2016, after it seized its own machine parts.
Tattoo Maker’s founder, David DeNardo, is accused in a criminal complaint of using a shell company called TattooMachine.com to disguise the origin of its machines and make it appear as if the parts were made by another company, making them harder to trace.
“I want to be completely clear that this case is not about a ‘manufacturer’ of fake tattoos,” said US Attorney Benjamin Covington.
“This case is about an unscrupulous company that knowingly deceived customers and manufacturers into believing that their counterfeit tattoos were made in their own factories.”
The only reason Tattoo maker is the focus of our investigation is because the government is looking into the sale of fake body parts in this country.
“Tattoos made in TattooMasters factoryThe criminal complaint against Tattoos maker describes the company as “a manufacturing subsidiary” of TattooMaster LLC, which was founded in 2013 by DeNardos son, David.
The complaint alleges that DeNando bought machine parts from the company in 2013 and 2013 alone.
The company says it made no money on those sales.
TatooMaker.com was registered in Delaware in 2011 and the FBI alleges that in 2014, DeNado sold a machine part to a California tattooist for $250,000.
In 2015, Tattoo Master moved its business to China.
Tentative verdictThe federal complaint says DeNandos business was in a legal black hole and that he had been trying to conceal his activities.”
We will continue to vigorously pursue these criminals and hold them accountable for their illegal conduct.””
Tattox makers are known for being a high-volume, high-cost, high volume manufacturer.
We will continue to vigorously pursue these criminals and hold them accountable for their illegal conduct.”
Com has been ordered to pay a $922,000 penalty and a $500,000 fine.