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06/08/2016
San Francisco, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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While sports merchandise is a popular choice, intellectual property thieves will counterfeit any product that can be sold or marketed.  Among the most troubling trends is the burgeoning availability of counterfeit drugs, medical equipment, aircraft and automobile parts, computer hardware, military components, and electrical safety devices.

09/12/2019
San Francisco, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Monday’s seizures are part of a larger trend the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has tracked throughout the country. The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) is reviewing an annual report on the number of IPR seizures that have raised the total estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the seized goods – had they been genuine – to $1.4 billion.

05/22/2015
San Francisco, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Hui Jin Chen was arrested Sept. 2, 2014, in Toronto by officers from the Toronto Police Department’s Fugitive Task Force.
04/29/2013
San Francisco, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Hundreds of items of counterfeit San Francisco Giants clothing seized by the Department of Homeland Security during last year's World Series are being donated to World Vision International, a non-profit organization that provides aid to the needy around the globe.
07/26/2019
San Francisco, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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This surge initiative in the Bay Area is in furtherance of an HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) strategy for targeting the importation, smuggling, and trafficking of counterfeit goods. The goal of this operation is to identify and interdict counterfeit products entering the US at International Mail Facilities and Express Consignment Hubs, and then for HSI field offices to initiate investigations to disrupt and dismantle those organizations involved in these criminal acts.

12/14/2012
San Francisco, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Over the last three days, federal authorities at a Bay Area mail processing facility interdicted more than 300 parcels containing suspected counterfeit goods in stepped-up enforcement actions as part of Operation Holiday Hoax, an international effort targeting the sale and importation of counterfeit and pirated products.
01/24/2020
San Francisco, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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As the excitement of football builds in the Bay Area, sports fans around the city, state and nation, seek out team adorned gear to show support as the Super Bowl nears. Another group paying close attention to sports-related items, is the men and women of ICE's HSI, San Francisco, and CBP.

06/28/2011
San Francisco, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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More than 2,000 items of counterfeit Major League Baseball (MLB) clothing seized by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents in San Francisco during last year's baseball playoffs will soon be on their way to the needy in Haiti.
11/03/2016
San Francisco, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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During a search of the woman’s residence, HSI special agents recovered counterfeit lipsticks, hair styling products, eyelash adhesive, powder compacts, eye shadow, eye liner, as well as electronic curlers and straighteners.

10/29/2012
San Francisco, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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"Special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) have two words for Bay Area vendors hoping to cash in on the World Series by selling counterfeit Major League Baseball (MLB) merchandise - ""you're out!"""
02/04/2016
San Francisco, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The results from Operation Team Player, an ongoing effort developed by the HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) to crackdown on the illegal importation of counterfeit sports apparel and merchandise, were revealed at a press conference hosted by the NFL with participation from ICE, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Bay-area law-enforcement agencies.
06/14/2019
San Francisco, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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HSI’s preliminary numbers reflect that nearly 1600 counterfeit items were seized June 7th and June 13th during their investigative efforts. These items included but were not limited to t-shirts, hats, jerseys, cell phones cases, cell phone ‘pop sockets’, event passes, and tickets.

06/08/2011
San Jose, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Federal authorities have seized nearly $15 million from a Swiss bank account belonging to a former Bay Area man who fled the country following his indictment three years ago on federal charges for selling millions of dollars worth of counterfeit antivirus software over the Internet.
05/09/2012
San Jose, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Hau Phuc Nguyen, the owner of a local boutique that sells women's clothing and handbags, was arrested Tuesday on federal charges for trafficking in counterfeit goods, following a probe by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations.
06/10/2015
San Jose, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Christopher Breejen, 43, who pleaded guilty in November 2014 to one count of criminal copyright infringement, admitted importing counterfeit DVDs and selling them on eBay.
04/08/2013
San Juan, PR
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
During the operation, HSI special agents and partner law enforcement officers targeted five retailers of counterfeit and pirated goods.
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).
03/08/2018
San Juan, PR
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

According to the indictment, defendants Carlos Enrique Velázquez-Gines, Mayra Evelise Gines-Otero, Noriam Ivette Flores-Deleon and Vanessa Marrero-Hernández marketed and sold numerous purported dietary supplements for male enhancement or weight loss in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) to American consumers.

07/07/2016
San Juan, PR
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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During the operation, HSI special agents and partner law enforcement officers targeted 14 retailers of counterfeit goods infringing on the trademarks of Gucci, Michael Kors, Prada, Channel, Ray Ban, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Oakley, Nike, Ray Ban and the National Basketball Association. 

03/22/2017
San Juan, PR
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

In the past, seized cosmetics have been found to contain hazardous substances including cyanide, arsenic, mercury, lead, urine and rat droppings. Fake condoms will not guard the user against sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.

12/12/2012
San Juan, PR
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), working jointly with officers from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, seized more than $2 million in counterfeit merchandise during a two-day operation dubbed Forged Dreams.
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.
08/22/2012
San Juan, PR
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
On Aug. 21, HSI special agents and partner law enforcement officers worked in teams to execute 17 federal search warrants.
02/15/2013
San Juan, PR
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized approximately $5 million in counterfeit merchandise during a four-day operation dubbed Forged Dreams, Valentine's Blitz.

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