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05/18/2014
Fresno, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Jose Antonio Hernandez, 41, and Genaro Vela-Rodriguez, 28, pleaded guilty Monday before Senior U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii to one count each of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and traffic in counterfeit labels and counterfeit documentation and packaging. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Henry Z. Carbajal III and Patrick R. Delahunty are prosecuting the case.
05/14/2014
Philadelphia, PA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Brian Bethman, 38, of Lafayette Hill, is charged with smuggling in more than 6,000 audiovisual copies of movies and television shows that were protected by copyright between April 2010 and April 2011.
05/12/2014
Lynchburg, VA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
An Altavista man, who previously pleaded guilty to charges related to trafficking in counterfeit sports apparel, was sentenced Tuesday to five months in prison, followed by five months of home confinement. The sentence resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington. As part of his sentence, George E. Hall, 46, must also pay approximately $64,000 in restitution.
05/07/2014
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Kevin "Peter" Wang, 54, coordinated the illegal importation of 11 shipping containers of counterfeit apparel, according to court documents. From 2008 to 2012, the counterfeit goods were smuggled in shipping containers through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The containers, which were purposely mislabeled as toilet paper and garment hangers in order to evade detection by U.S. customs officials, included included fake Nike shoes; Coach, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton handbags; and NFL, NBA, and NHL jerseys.
05/06/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Anoushirvan Sarraf, 48, of Rockville, was also found guilty of illegal importing, receiving and delivering non-FDA approved drugs and devices, and engaging in the unlicensed wholesale distribution of prescription drugs. In all, Sarraf was convicted of nine felonies and four associated misdemeanors. Eva Montejo Pritchard, 48, also of Rockville, who was the clinic office manager, was convicted of a single felony count for conspiracy.
04/30/2014
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The indictment of Han Woon Liew, 45, from Sugar Land, Texas, returned under seal April 16, was unsealed May 1 upon his arrest. He is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson May 2.
04/29/2014
Laredo, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Yi Hui Chen, 47, a merchant in downtown Laredo, pleaded guilty to the counterfeiting charges May 16, 2013. U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo accepted Chen's guilty plea and sentenced him to 18 months in federal prison.
04/29/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The event included a panel to discuss public-private partnerships in IP theft enforcement and featured discussions with IPR Center Director Lev Kubiak, National Football League Senior Vice President and Chief Litigation Officer Anastasia Danias, and Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General Miriam Vogel.
04/23/2014
San Juan, PR
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
On four separate indictments, Ezequiel Bayon-Santos, Katherine Agostini-Ruiz, Rafael Torres-Vicente and Eileen Martinez-Esteves were charged with trafficking counterfeit Freshlook Colorblends contact lenses. They face a collective forfeiture allegation of 226 boxes of counterfeit contact lenses.
04/23/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
IPR Center, HSI, CBP and Mexican Customs received awards for Operation Team Player, which targeted the sale of counterfeit sports products and tickets. The operation netted more than $37 million in fake sports merchandise, 70 arrests and 163 website seizures.
04/17/2014
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Didier De Nier, 63, who lived in Simi Valley until he fled the U.S. nearly two years ago, was found guilty Wednesday of five counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
04/17/2014
Baltimore, MD
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Hao Yang, 25, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz, who also entered an order that Yang forfeit five bank accounts worth more than $59,000, a 2010 Acura purchased with proceeds of the crime, and counterfeit computer software, DVDs, sports jerseys and other items valued at approximately $280,720.
03/24/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The number of IPR seizures increased nearly 7 percent from 22,848 in FY 2012 to 24,361 in FY 2013.
03/24/2014
Newark, NJ
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Ning Guo, a member of a massive, international conspiracy responsible for importing counterfeit goods from China worth a retail value of $300 million, was sentenced Friday to more than three years in federal prison.
03/13/2014
Detroit, MI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
As Detroit Tigers fans prepare for the March 31 home opener, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) warned the public Thursday to beware of counterfeit merchandise and tickets.
03/07/2014
Boston, MA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Josue Rivera, 38, pleaded guilty to trafficking in counterfeit and unauthorized goods. As part of his plea agreement, Rivera paid $29,000 in restitution and forfeited two bank accounts worth approximately $79,000.

03/07/2014
Alexandria, VA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Talib Khan, 43, of Montreal, Quebec, and Barbados, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and sale of misbranded drugs. Between August 2009 and August 2013, Gallant Pharma smuggled and sold more than $12.4 million in non-FDA-approved chemotherapy drugs and injectable cosmetic drugs and devices, generating profits of $3.4 million.
03/06/2014
Fresno, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Emilio Perez-Solis, 39, of Oakland, and Hernan Cortes, 53, of Tulare, are named in a four-count indictment handed down Thursday charging them with criminal copyright infringement for private financial gain, criminal copyright infringement, trafficking in counterfeit labels, documentation and packaging, and conspiracy.
02/21/2014
Baltimore, MD
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Sheldon Kennedy, 26, was arrested this week in Miami for his role in selling illegal drugs, false identifications, counterfeit currency, guns and other contraband over the Internet. In September 2011, HSI Baltimore special agents initiated an investigation into the Silk Road website.
02/13/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The operation, which began in June, netted 397,140 items including fake jerseys, ball caps, T-shirts, jackets and other souvenirs. The items had a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of more than $37.8 million – more than the previous six Super Bowl enforcement efforts combined.
02/13/2014
Chicago, IL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The owner of a Bridgeview vehicle diagnostic center has been charged with felony counterfeit trademarks after at least two dozen counterfeit airbags were found at his business.
02/11/2014
Boston, MA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
David Nailen pleaded guilty to four counts of trafficking in counterfeit Viagra Tuesday, following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
02/11/2014
New Orleans, LA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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With basketball fans across the country heading to New Orleans this week for NBA All-Star 2014 Sunday at New Orleans Arena, the National Basketball Association (NBA) is working with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to caution unsuspecting fans against counterfeiters attempting to sell unauthorized and poorly made knock-off merchandise.

02/04/2014
Cincinnati, OH
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Fake jerseys, ball caps, t-shirts, jackets and other souvenirs are among the counterfeit merchandise and clothing confiscated by teams of special agents and officers from ICE's HSI, CBP, USPIS and state and local police departments around the country - all in partnership with the NFL and other major sports leagues.
01/30/2014
New York, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Federal officials teamed with the National Football League (NFL) Thursday to announce the record-breaking results of a nationwide law enforcement effort aimed at combatting counterfeit sports merchandise.

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