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03/16/2015
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Han Woon Liew, 46, of Sugar Land, Texas, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Lynn C. Hughes; to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. He was further ordered to pay $2.6 million in restitution. Liew pleaded guilty to the charges Nov. 18, 2014.
02/11/2015
Chicago, IL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Gregory Zimmerman, 43, of Oswego, Illinois, was charged with possessing with intent to distribute a controlled substance in a criminal complaint that was filed Feb. 4 in federal court and unsealed Tuesday. Zimmerman, a licensed chiropractor, self-surrendered to authorities Feb. 9 and was released on a $25,000 bond.
01/28/2015
Phoenix, AZ
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Speaking at a NFL news conference, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah R. Saldaña, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Director of Field Operations William K. Brooks, and NFL Counsel Dolores F. DiBella discussed the results of the initiative, dubbed “Operation Team Player.”
01/28/2015
St. Louis, MO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Jack Frison Sr., of Frontenac, Missouri, and the owner of the Frison Flea Market, was sentenced following his Sept. 14, 2014 conviction for: one felony count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, one felony count of aiding and abetting felony copyright infringement, and one felony count of aiding and abetting trafficking counterfeit goods.
01/27/2015
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The seized illicit honey that was abandoned or forfeited totals 660 barrels weighing 203,280 kilograms (448,156 lbs.). The containers’ shipping documents indicated the bulk honey originated in Latvia.
01/15/2015
Phoenix, AZ
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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At a news conference Friday, representatives from the three agencies detailed the results of three intellectual property theft cases, including two involving HSI. The seized goods included counterfeit National Football League (NFL) branded sportswear, designer clothing, videos, smartphones and even electronic audio products worth over $800,000.
01/14/2015
Westminster, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Rateb Said Najjar, 60, and his son, Eyad Rateb Najjar, 36, both of Westminster, are each charged with 134 felony counts of money laundering; six felony counts of manufacturing and sale of a counterfeit mark; two felony counts of conspiracy to commit a crime with sentencing enhancements for property damage over $1.3 million; and money laundering in excess of $2.5 million.
01/12/2015
Honolulu, HI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Yakov Meir Chazanow, 41, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi to serve 21 months in prison for conspiring to commit criminal copyright infringement, manufacturing counterfeit goods and to trafficking in goods bearing counterfeit Dolby trademarks and counterfeit labels.
01/12/2015
Johnstown, PA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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John F. Crawford IV, 48, trafficked in various counterfeit National Football League, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball logo apparel. In October 2012, HSI Pittsburgh was tipped off that Crawford’s gift shop in Breezewood, Pennsylvania, was selling counterfeit Pittsburgh Steelers trademarked merchandise, including the NFL team jerseys.
01/04/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The operation, dubbed Operation Team Player, resulted in seizures of jerseys, hats, t-shirts and posters. The seizures were part of a crackdown on IPR violators leading up to the NHL Winter Classic. Operation Team Player is an effort by the HSI-led IPR Center that targets counterfeit sports merchandise from all of the major sports leagues.
12/16/2014
San Juan, PR
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Nine stores and a warehouse owned by Farmacias Caridad were the subject of a seizure order executed Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for importing hazardous toys from China for sale in Puerto Rico. The investigation was led by HSI in conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
12/11/2014
Boston, MA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Zexiong Chen, 28, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, one year of supervised release, a fine of $6,000 and ordered to pay $4,820 restitution. Haotian Chen, 26, was sentenced to time served which was one day in prison, one year of supervised release, a fine of $4,000 and ordered to pay $4,829 restitution.
12/10/2014
New York, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Naqing Zhang, 31, and his wife, Wei Dong, 32, Chin C. Chu, 43, and his wife, Jian Y. Xia, 38, Sai E. Chen, 39, Wei A. Liao, 41,and Zhou Pizhong, 22, face charges of second-degree trademark counterfeiting. If convicted, they each face up to four years in prison.
12/10/2014
Dallas, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
“Black Friday” sales drew consumers by the thousands to line up for hours to get a drastically reduced TV, pair of shoes or piece of furniture. Those who chose to literally avoid the holiday rush could also take advantage of “Cyber Monday” and catch equally attractive deals online.
12/07/2014
Detroit, MI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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HSI executed a state search warrant at The Source II, located on Woodward Avenue, following an investigation that included multiple undercover buys of counterfeit merchandise. Special agents also served a state search warrant at the Southfield residence of the business owner, Cerhue Walker, where he was arrested on charges of trafficking counterfeit goods. A second suspect, Latrice Walker, was arrested at the Detroit store.
12/01/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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This is the fifth year the HSI-led National IPR Center worked with its international partners to target websites selling counterfeit products online culminating on Cyber Monday. Due to the global nature of Internet crime, the National IPR Center partnered with Europol who, through its member countries, seized top-level domains as part of Project Transatlantic/Operation In-Our-Sites V.
11/30/2014
London, United Kingdom
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The suspects, a 36-year-old man from Upton, and a 33-year-old man from Dewsbury, were taken into custody Nov. 25 by detectives with the City of London Police Department’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).
11/24/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Once it is determined that the items are counterfeit, federal officials will seize the merchandise. But in many instances, the damage to the consumer and the economy has already been done.
11/20/2014
Detroit, MI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Since 2010, Ford and HSI Detroit have collaborated on dozens of enforcement efforts that resulted in the seizures of websites selling counterfeit diagnostics equipment, charges against individuals selling counterfeit airbags and airbag components, seizures of faulty Engine Control Modules (ECMs), which act as the vehicle’s “black box,” and seizures of other sensitive automotive parts.
10/29/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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These new partners greatly strengthen the IPR Center, which was founded in 2000, and serves as one of the U.S. government's key weapons in the fight against criminal counterfeiting and piracy. The center uses the expertise of its 22 member agencies to share information, develop initiatives, coordinate enforcement actions, and conduct investigations related to IP theft.
10/22/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Officials are warning consumers not to buy contact lenses from such places as Halloween or novelty shops, salons, beauty supply stores, or online if the site doesn’t require a prescription. Although many places illegally sell decorative contact lenses to consumers without valid prescriptions for as little as $20, these vendors are not authorized distributors of contact lenses, which by law require a prescription.
10/14/2014
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Didier De Nier, 64, who lived in Simi Valley until he fled the U.S. nearly two years ago, was found guilty in April by a federal jury of five counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
10/09/2014
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Nick Chen, 46, was charged in a 4-count sealed indictment returned Oct. 8, which was unsealed Oct. 10 as he made his initial appearance before US Magistrate Judge Mary Milloy.
10/05/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
According to the indictment, the defendants conspired to smuggle at least 30 known shipments, totaling about 100,000 pills, from China to Texas. As alleged in the indictment, the shipments contained bogus imitations of Xanax, Valium, sibutramine, Cialis, Viagra and Stilnox (which is marketed in the United States as Ambien). None of the pills seized and tested were legitimate; all either contained incorrect active ingredients or were sub-potent.
10/02/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
These counterfeit parts usually bear the trademark of a legitimate and trusted brand, but they were produced by another party and are not made to the specifications of the original equipment manufacturer. They're often produced illegally and sold at a profit to fund other criminal activities.

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