Arrest Made in Revision Optics Aided Sting Operation Against Chinese Counterfeit Ballistic Eyewear

Guangzhou Botai U.S. representative and co-owner, Daniel Gong, being taken into custody on the showroom floor at the SIA Snow Show in Denver, CO.

I received an email today from Laura Burgess marketing. Laura and her husband represent Revision eyewear and publish a weekly newsletter. This is a story from the newsletter emailed out today.

For those who attend SHOT each year it’s no secret that certain foreign companies attend the show for reasons other than legitimate business. It’s common knowledge among the companies attending the show as well as the media that some of these foreign nationals are attending SHOT do so in order to gain product information, take photos of new products and at times actually place orders to get samples of products in order to go back home and start counterfeiting popular and lucrative products. Once copied these same products end up in the USA and other countries marked as the real product right down to the same packaging as the real product.

This news story is a case of Revision Military working with law enforcement and prosecutors to setup a sting operation to catch the counterfeiters and send them off to jail. The counterfeit product in this case is the Revision Desert Locust goggles. The sting was executed at the Snow Show on January 28th in Denver, Colorado. When the sting operation was completed the suspects were arrested on the show floor and taken away hopefully for a long stay.

The suspects are the US representatives for the Chinese company Guangzhou Botai Optical Visor Co., Ltd. Warrants have been issued for the companies co-owners brothers Jiang Xingde and Jiang Xinglin. The four who were arrested were charged with counterfeiting, theft, corrupt business practices, conspiracy to commit counterfeiting, conspiracy to commit theft, and conspiracy to commit corrupt business practices.

Of course the fake Revision goggles have no ballistic protection and are basically worthless. It’s good to hear that action was taken in this case and I hope this is the beginning of a trend to actively pursue and prosecute the companies making counterfeit products then selling them here. The complete details are in the statement below.

Desert Locust

Desert Locust

Revision Military, a world leader in integrated, purpose-built soldier solutions, aided a sting operation to arrest owners and representatives of a Chinese company illegally manufacturing and selling counterfeit eyewear. Revision worked in conjunction with the Dearborn and Ohio County Prosecutor’s Office in Indiana to execute this action. The operation was carried out on January 28th at the SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Snow Show in Denver, Colorado. Guangzhou Botai Optical Visor Co., Ltd. (“Guangzhou Botai”) U.S. representative and part owner, Gong Peiwen, also known as Daniel Gong, was arrested on the showroom floor. Arrest warrants have also been issued for brothers Jiang Xingde and Jiang Xinglin, co-owners of Guangzhou Botai, and Ding Xiaoxia, also known as Crystal Ding, Sales Associate for Guangzhou Botai, which is based in Guangzhou, China. The four are facing six felony charges: counterfeiting, theft, corrupt business practices, conspiracy to commit counterfeiting, conspiracy to commit theft, and conspiracy to commit corrupt business practices. These charges are being brought in Indiana.
Guangzhou Botai has been producing unauthorized counterfeit versions of Revision Military Desert Locust™ goggle. Additionally, these fake products have been distributed under the pretense of providing military-grade ballistic protection which presents a hazard to the safety of users expecting the high level eye protection of authentic Revision products. After extensive investigation of the company and testing of the counterfeit products it produces, conclusions showed none of the established industry standards for optical or ballistic quality were met by these unauthorized product knockoffs.
“We were alarmed to learn of these counterfeit products,” said Jonathan Blanshay, CEO of Revision Military, “our customers expect only the best quality and performance from our products. We take pride in exceeding the highest specifications for optics and ballistic impact protection and have invested huge amounts of money to create the best possible protective products. We have built our name and reputation on exceeding standards and will not tolerate inferior, non-authorized knockoff products in the marketplace.”
Mr. Blanshay reiterated that, when it comes to customers being victimized by inferior forgeries, Revision has a zero tolerance approach, stating, “the Revision brand signifies integrity and elite performance. Fraudulent products undermine our core mission to protect the troops who protect all of us. We are taking this matter very seriously and will do everything in our power to ensure that any individuals or corporate entities involved in an illicit enterprise that threatens Revision’s customers and the Revision reputation are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Our mission is to provide the very best protection to soldiers and we will fight to prevent any undermining of that promise to global warfighters.”

Revision Military

Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • Good, I’m always amazed how little interest our government seems to take intellectual theft of domestic designed products compared to copyright infringement and theft of movies and songs. For some reason its a crime into copy a movie but when you invent and patent an invention the government requires the patent holder to defend it in the court system at huge expenses.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      My favorite was at SHOT, all the codura bag and accessory mfgs had groups of 2-3 counterfeiters walking into a each booth, taking detailed photos, writing down notes, then moving on to the next product then booth. It was CLEAR what they were doing, and also most people working the booths just stood by and watched.

      You wouldn’t download a car…. but feel free to take anything else you want!

      Want to patent something in China? Go ahead, you need the patent approved before you release to the public, so if it’s good, the Chinese government will get it first, and if you ever want to fight a patent suit in China, just go ahead and start with $500,000, and we’ll see where it goes from there!


      That’s why we need more investigators resources ect in the govt.Not get rid of people like this. Yeh more government.

    • Bill

      I don’t know about that. In the Big City there are always ongoing cases concerning counterfeit merchandise, up to and including counterfeited collegiate apparel.

      I’ve always wondered what it would be like to go through the fed hiring process, spend months swatting skeeters in 110% humidity during your basic training in Georgia, deal with the .gov bureaucracy, just to get a glimpse of yourself in a windbreaker carrying out boxes of Adidus and Nicky shoes and Croach purses from some Somali flea market on the 11 PM news.

      • How are they even getting the large quantities into the cities in the first place? I thought we were suppose to have customs going though the imports at the docks. I will be willing to be all those knock offs had their import taxes paid on them but not one question was asked about why China was paying import tax on goods supposedly made in the USA.

        • Jeff Edwards

          Customs checks less than 1% of the shipments coming into the US from overseas. They are woefully undermanned and underfunded, and have an impossible task, now that the global economy has evolved to supply the US with everything from shoelaces to shootin’ irons. They look for radiation in containers, but otherwise the odds of catching something like counterfeit goods is pretty low. (Definitely not zero, though! It’s a huge problem, just not one that most consider to be sufficiently threatening to spend money to fix unless you know the right people or it’s your ox that’s getting gored.)

          • Jeff S

            Yet, they still seize millions and millions of dollars of IPR violations every year.

          • Jeff S

            From the FY17 proposed budget: CBP processed more than 26.3 million cargo containers through the nation’s ports of entry, up 2.6 percent from last fiscal year. CBP conducted more than 28,839 seizures of goods that violated intellectual property rights, with a total retail value of over $1 billion.

        • Don

          Customs can’t possibly go through every box in every container on ever ship. There’s just too high a volume and not nearly enough agents. Hell even if you funded 10x the agents you probably still would make barely a dent in it.

        • Bill

          Customs can’t possibly inspect every cargo container coming in from overseas, and the profit margin is such that some counterfeits getting seized is just part of the cost of doing business.

        • Michel_T

          Less than 2% of cargo is inspected…

    • fritz1212

      You mean like Skechers does . . . 🙂

  • Yes indeed if they know and they do they should be prosecuted to the max.

    Some dealers at the show actually had no photography signs posted around their booths. Now if they knew you they would say go ahead but if it appeared to be someone taking very detailed pictures, notes etc. They pointed to the signs. That’s actually a good way to control things.

  • Jeff S

    Interesting that the locals arrested the guy. What interest does a sheriff out of Ohio County, Indiana have with Revision eyewear?

    • Bill

      Operational security, -they may or may not be involved, but they could serve an arrest warrant without other agencies getting public exposure that might compromise their case.

      • Jeff S

        It’s an just an IPR case… If it was such a big case, why’d Revision send their press release out to every blog out there?

  • Southpaw89

    Nothing more disconcerting than counterfeit PPE, its one thing if you make the choice not to wear it, accepting the risk that comes with. But to think your protected only to have a failure when you need it the most, not a happy thought. Good to see some action being taken on this.

  • cons2p8ted

    It’s estimated that 80% of America’s lost due to industrial theft/espionage is by China. The only “friend’ who steal just as much as China of our military secrets, is our fair-weather friend, ISRAEL. We give Israel $3.15 billion of mine and yours tax money each in foreign aid. In fact, their IDF chief said in Sept. 2012 that US taxpayers contributed more to the IDF’s defense budgets than Israel’s citizens. With a friend like Israel, who needs enemy?

    • Don

      Actually France has a much greater history than both when it comes to state sponsored industrial espionage. There has been tons of articles about it over the years. China however is the most blatant about it and our political leaders have been very unwilling to call them on it.

      • Rock or Something

        Yep beat me to it. We were briefed one time at the extensiveness of France’s corporate and industrial espionage. Among other things, it’s one of the reasons why “Five Eyes” hasn’t been extended to France. Israel does extensively spy on us, but I believe that it’s more in the way of policy issues, not so much industrial/trade. And let’s face it, we spy on Israel also, so no sense in faking outrage.

        • Bill

          We spy on EVERYBODY.

    • Bill

      But, excepting IWI, Israel doesn’t seem to export stuff that is all that high of quality.

    • Michel_T

      The government must have a secret agreement with the Chinese.

      – It’s OK to steal/counterfeit American products… as long as Chinese buy American treasury bonds…

  • LazyReader

    Chinese CEO’s kill themselves rather than face prosecution.

    • Alpha Roger

      The Chinese CEOs will never kill themselves rather they will face prosecution or run away.

      • Bill

        Im pretty sure that a couple have, and it isn’t unusual in Japan. I believe that one of the execs in the recent Chinese contaminated baby food scandal resigned with extreme prejudice, with zero chance for rehire, anywhere, by anybody.

        Noting what little I know about the Chinese justice system, it might be the best of bad options.

  • MacGyver

    I am tired of nasty and ugly looking Chinese made goods. you have to be part
    private investigator just to buy parts for your AR15. Not to mention 90% of the products are toxic and made with substandard everything.This commies have no respect for life and subject their own people to harm to make ugly ,nasty looking deform mutations claiming to be real products.

    • Alpha Roger

      I totally agree with you and your statement.The ChiComs with other Comms are heartless beings and cared only $$$$$$$. The commies have no respect for life and subject their own people to harm just to prove that they can provide Utopia to the world.

  • LV-426

    “You go to jail now!” Says the Desert Locust in Chinese.

  • Fruitbat44

    I’m all in favour of healthy competition and in people having freedom of choice in their purchases. But this isn’t healthy and the perpetrators deserve to have their freedom curtailed.

  • They look like ski goggles.

    • Andrew Dubya

      If I read the report correctly they were being sold at a skiing/Winter sports show. It seems to me skiers would have a lot of use for ballistic goggles, especially if they happen to be shooters.

  • Alpha Roger

    It is about time to takeout these counterfeiters, copiers, knockoff producers cheats, liars,swindlers,pirates, whatever you want to call them. I had enough of being cheated with my money.Thank you.