by: Mark Becker Updated:
Federal prosecutors are appealing a judge's order setting a $25,000 bond for the man charged with selling counterfeit airbags.
Prosecutors said Igor Borodin could try to leave the country since he is facing as much as life in prison if he's convicted. Borodin moved to the United States from Russia and has been working here as a mechanic.
Eyewitness News learned Wednesday that agents found records showing that Borodin had allegedly brought in $1.4 million selling about 7,000 of those airbags -- and that agents said they found another 1,600 in boxes when they searched his home in Indian Trail last week.
Borodin's attorney said he didn't know he was doing anything wrong. He also said Borodin has no intention of leaving the country since he has a wife and child here and has let his Russian passport expire.
About two dozen family and friends showed up to support Borodin in court Wednesday, but they left without him, since another judge will decide whether to release him on bond.