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Two men accused in Idaho counterfeiting scheme denied release from custody before trial

File photo from 8/22/2018 of one of the locations raided by authorities. (CBS 2 Staff photo)

Two men who are accused of being connected to a counterfeiting ring involving cell phones and accessories have had their request to be released from federal custody until their trial begins denied again.

In a court order dated Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge concluded that both Gennady Babitchenko and Pavel Babichenko would pose a serious flight risk if they were allowed to be released before trial.

The judge also decided that no set of release conditions would "sufficiently abate that risk."

Last month, U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Bush had also denied their request to be released. The two men then appealed to the District Court.

Both men were were among 10 people arrested in August for selling fake cell phones on sites like Amazon and eBay. Investigators say the counterfeit items were purchased from Hong Kong and then repackaged here in the Treasure Valley. According to an indictment, profits from the scheme exceeded $10 million.

The original indictment described 34 counts of counterfeiting, fraud, but also money laundering.

Eight other people face charges in the case. They are identified as Timofey Babichenko, Natalya Babichenko, Kristina Babichenko, Piotr Babichenko, David Bibikov, Artur Pupko, Mikhail Iyerusalimets and Anna Iyerusalimets.

The trial date is set for October 23 in U.S. District Court in Boise.

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