Official ASCDI response regarding $2M counterfeit Cisco bust

Below is the official ASCDI response regarding the: $2M counterfeit Cisco bust


Dear Brad: Thank you for the time we spent on the telephone last week discussing, among other things, "why Network IT is still a member of ASCDI." Allow me to first explain exactly how a company becomes an ASCDI Member. Any company wishing to be admitted into the ASCDI must initially be referred and recommended to us by other members of our industry. An application is submitted for review by a committee comprised of several ASCDI members. If the application passes this review, it is referred to the ASCDI Board of Directors for its review. If all is well, the Board of Directors presents the application to the entire membership of the ASCDI for approval. So, we don't make it easy to become an ASCDI Member. The ASCDI recognizes two causes for removing a member company from the ASCDI membership. The first is a violation of the ASCDI Code of Ethics coupled with a finding and determination to expel; the second is a finding of guilt in a crime by a court of law. In both cases, the ASCDI expulsion procedure follows "due process" which permits both accuser and accused to present its side of a case. The ASCDI allows both members and non-members to file ethics complaints against members of our organization. Any entity, including CISCO, which wishes to avail itself of this option, it is not only welcomed but encouraged to do so. It is our belief that the ASCDI Code of Ethics, which has underpinned our organization as a standard of ethical conduct for over thirty years, has served both the ASCDI and the industry extremely well over this time. The ASCDI Code of Ethics is well documented and available on our web site at: http://www.ascdi.com/pages/about/code_of_ethics.asp The ASCDI takes the practice of dealing in fraudulent parts very seriously. Any ASCDI Member found guilty of dealing in counterfeit parts by a court of law or by our Ethics Committee would be expelled from the ASCDI. However, in the United States of America and Canada, persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty. Accused are not convicted until they have their "day in court." Network IT has not yet had its day in court at the ASCDI or any other court of law, for that matter. The reasons against a premature "rush to judgment" are obvious. I told you on the phone about a company that was charged many years ago with the sale of fraudulent memory. The company was raided, parts were seized and charges were filed. Months later, after that dealer's reputation was ruined, it was proven that the company had NOT been selling fraudulent memory, but rather memory which it was clearly labeling and identifying as its own. When you called last week, I happened to be on the telephone with Network IT trying to ascertain the facts directly from them, something you admitted to me that you have not yet done. (That is why I could not take your call, which prompted your "ASCDI Fails to Respond" headline.) During that conversation, Network IT agreed to voluntarily remove itself from the ASCDI and our Trading Network pending an opportunity to speak to legal counsel to determine what information they can or cannot release. We felt it incumbent upon us to try to gather as many facts as we possibly could before speaking publicly, as we did not want to pile onto Network IT's problems by contributing to the writing of a sensational one-sided article before all the facts are known. The ASCDI is not maintaining that Network IT is either guilty or innocent. We are saying that an independent body needs to hear the charges and see the evidence before rendering a judgment or a conviction. Sincerely, Joseph Marion ASCDI President www.ascdi.com jmarion@ascdi.com
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