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11/29/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance, in collaboration with the National Crime Prevention Council and ICE's HSI-led IPR Center, have unveiled a new public education campaign to combat the purchase and sale of counterfeit and pirated products.
11/27/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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To mark the official beginning of the online holiday shopping season, known as Cyber Monday, ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the IPR Center, the Department of Justice and the FBI Washington Field Office have seized 150 website domain names that were illegally selling and distributing counterfeit merchandise.

11/07/2011
Kansas City, KS
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

A local man was sentenced on Monday to 27 months in federal prison for selling $1 million worth of counterfeit Cisco Systems Inc. computer equipment, announced U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, District of Kansas.

11/03/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Justin A. Dedemko, 28, of Brooklyn, N.Y., pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga in the Alexandria Division of the Eastern District of Virginia. Dedemko's fellow co-founders Matthew David Howard Smith and Hana Amal Beshara pleaded guilty on Sept. 23, 2011, and Sept. 29, 2011, respectively, to conspiracy and criminal copyright infringement.

11/02/2011
Rochester, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
An upstate New York man, Curtis Henry, has pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to import counterfeit Viagra and Cialis tablets into the United States for resale. This investigation is being conducted U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
10/31/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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With the conclusion of Major League Baseball's 2011 World Series, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) have announced the results of 'Operation Strike Out.'

10/28/2011
Buffalo, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Two upstate women were arrested and charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods. The charge carries a maximum 10 years in prison and a $2 million fine. This investigation is being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
10/25/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Stephanie A. McCloskey, 39, pleaded guilty in November 2010 to a federal charge of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and to commit mail fraud, and she subsequently cooperated with authorities.

10/25/2011
New York, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Bryan McCarthy of Deer Park, Texas, the operator of a website that allegedly streamed live, copyrighted sporting events on the Internet illegally was indicted on Oct. 22 for criminal infringement of a copyright. The case is being investigated by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
10/25/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Joshua David Evans of North Bend, Wash. and Jeremy Lynn Andrew of Eugene, Ore., pleaded guilty on Tuesday for their roles in NinjaVideo.net, a website that provided millions of users with the ability to illegally download infringing copies of copyright-protected movies and television programs in high-quality formats.

10/21/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

A three-month operation conducted by 43 countries has resulted in the seizure of more than one million counterfeit electrical goods. This operation was spearheaded in the United States by the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), in coordination with the World Customs Organization (WCO).

10/17/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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On Oct. 14, 18,640 pieces of counterfeit merchandise were seized from within the D.C. Farmer's Market on the corner of Fifth Street Northeast and Neal Place Northeast by special agents with U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and officers with the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). 11 people were arrested.
09/30/2011
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents executed five federal search warrants in an intellectual property rights investigation related to counterfeit goods in Tampa.
09/30/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
In the largest operation of its kind, 81 countries took part in an international week of action targeting the online sale of counterfeit and illegal medicines. This operation resulted in dozens of arrests and the seizure of 2.4 million potentially harmful medicines worldwide worth $6.3 million.
09/28/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Hana Beshara of Las Vegas, Nevada, pleaded guilty today for her role in founding NinjaVideo.net, a website that provided millions of users with the ability to illegally download infringing copies of copyright-protected movies and television programs in high-quality formats. This investigation is being conducted by the IPR Center.

09/27/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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They gathered together in plain clothes, shared their strategy for the evening and headed off in separate directions. They were agents with ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Their mission? To identify and confiscate counterfeit goods at a Washington Nationals game in Washington, D.C.
09/26/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Matthew David Howard Smith, 23, of Raleigh, N.C., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga in the Eastern District of Virginia to conspiracy and criminal copyright infringement.

09/23/2011
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The items were seized from a local flea market, three storage units and a box truck.
09/16/2011
Arlington, VA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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To date, 142 domain names have been seized by the IPR Center, 82 of which have been forfeited for intellectual property right infringement.
09/12/2011
Philadelphia, PA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to trafficking in counterfeit professional sports apparel and accessory items.
09/12/2011
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

"Sok Hun Jin, a.k.a. ""Eric Jin"" of Los Angeles was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison for trafficking in counterfeit goods following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) that revealed he illegally imported thousands of bogus, Chinese-made Ab Circle Pro machines into the United States."

09/09/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

A Virginia woman was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for leading a sophisticated conspiracy to import and to sell counterfeit Cisco-branded computer networking equipment, laundering criminal proceeds and obtaining her citizenship through fraud. This case was investigated by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

09/09/2011
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The Tampa Intellectual Property Theft Enforcement Team met with industry representatives last month to discuss the emerging threat of intellectual property theft and its connection to criminal enterprises.
09/08/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

The indictment charged the following individuals: Hana Amal Beshara, 29, of North Brunswick, N.J., and Matthew David Howard Smith, 23, of Raleigh, N.C., identified in the indictment as founders and administrators of NinjaVideo; Joshua David Evans, 34, of North Bend, Wash., and Zoi Mertzanis, 36, a resident of Greece, alleged to be two of the most active uploaders of copyrighted material to the site; and Jeremy Lynn Andrew, 33, of Eugene, Ore., the alleged head of security for the website.

08/23/2011
New York, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A Queens man, who allegedly streamed live copyrighted sporting events over the Internet illegally, was arrested this morning by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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