- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former Southern California man who sold the government millions of dollars’ worth of cheap knockoff batteries for use in aircraft carriers and submarines has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison.

Didier (Did-ee-yay) De Nier was sentenced Wednesday and ordered to pay more than $2.7 million in restitution.

The former Simi Valley man was CEO of a company that sold 80,000 batteries that were used as emergency backup power for Navy vessels.

Prosecutors say De Nier and his workers removed “Made in China” markings and slapped counterfeit labels on batteries indicating they came from approved manufacturers.

De Nier fled in 2012 and lived on his yacht in the Caribbean before his arrest.

He was convicted of conspiracy and wire fraud. His ex-wife awaits sentencing for conspiracy.

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