Don Sawyer, Avnet
In June 2014, an American contractor from Massachusetts admitted to conspiring to traffic counterfeit military goods for his role in shipping counterfeit semiconductors from Hong Kong to a U.S. Navy submarine base in Connecticut. The chips – sold as new – were actually refurbished and remarked. Had this criminal scheme not been thwarted, the parts would have been installed in nuclear submarines. The catastrophic potential cannot be overstated.