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06/21/2013
St. Louis, MO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The operator of a local flea market, Jack Frison Sr., turned himself in to authorities Thursday after a federal grand jury indicted him on multiple charges relating to his alleged involvement in selling counterfeit goods.
04/24/2012
St. Louis, MO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Benny Carmi and Moshe Dahan pleaded guilty Monday and were sentenced for smuggling counterfeit and misbranded pharmaceuticals into the United States, including the erectile dysfunction drug marketed in the United States as Cialis (R).
09/11/2014
St. Louis, MO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Jack Frison Sr., 65, of Frontenac, Missouri, was convicted on one felony count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, one felony count of aiding and abetting copyright infringement, and one felony count of aiding and abetting trafficking counterfeit goods.
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.
03/27/2015
Syracuse, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Fake jerseys, ball caps, t-shirts, jackets and other souvenirs are among the counterfeit merchandise and clothing typically sold at and around these events. Additionally, authorities have seen an increase in the sale of counterfeit tickets being sold to events like these. Large sporting events are prime targets for counterfeiters, many of whom travel the country with the sole intention of scamming innocent sports fans.
05/17/2013
Tacoma, WA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Vitality Yaremkiv, of Vancouver, Wash., sold more than 900 illegally imported counterfeit air bags between June 2011 and June 2012, earning nearly $140,000.
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.
03/28/2013
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from the Lakeland Police Department and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), seized 7,846 pirated DVDs and nearly $170,000 in Lakeland Thursday as part of a global counterfeit motion picture DVD investigation that extended to the People's Republic of China.
02/23/2012
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Across the country, flea markets have become notorious hot spots for selling counterfeit goods. That was the case Feb. 13, when HSI special agents identified vendors peddling counterfeit purses, shoes and jewelry items at a flea market just outside Tampa, Fla.
02/03/2012
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Nearly $1.2 million of counterfeit goods, including purses, wallets, scarves and perfumes, were seized by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents Wednesday from Jin Zheng. Zheng was previously arrested and indicted for trafficking in these counterfeit goods.
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.
03/09/2012
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Jin Zheng, the co-owner and operator of the Asia Gift Shop in Tampa, was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for trafficking in counterfeit goods, following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
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.
01/29/2014
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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John C. Gaglione Jr., 49, must also pay a monetary judgment of $365,265, the proceeds of his criminal conduct, and $180,000 in restitution.
06/05/2015
Trenton, NJ
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The indictment resulted from a lengthy investigation titled “Operation Midnight Run” by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the New Jersey State Police - Interstate Theft North Unit and the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice - Specialized Crimes Bureau.
02/09/2012
Tucson, AZ
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested two men Wednesday and seized an estimated $1 million of counterfeit luxury brand jewelry items from a pair of vendors at the Gem and Lapidary Wholesalers show.
09/19/2012
Warwick, RI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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A Rhode Island man was arrested Wednesday on charges of trafficking counterfeit merchandise. The arrest follows a six-month investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
12/08/2015
Washington, DC
Financial Crimes
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ICE involves itself in hoax and scam prevention through its enforcement actions and by educating the public on risks.
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.

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.
04/09/2019
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Univar USA Inc. (Univar), a subsidiary of Univar Inc., of Downers Grove, Illinois, has agreed to pay the United States $62.5 million to settle allegations under the customs penalty statute that it was grossly negligent or negligent when it imported 36 shipments of transshipped saccharin between 2007 and 2012.

12/12/2016
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

The Joint Strategic Plan (JSP) for Intellectual Property Enforcement, titled “Supporting Innovation, Creativity & Enterprise: Charting a Path Ahead”, identifies overarching goals, mandated objectives and collaborative initiatives to be implemented by the ICE-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) over the next three years. 

06/06/2019
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) recently named Steve Francis as the new assistant director of the HSI-led Global Trade Investigations Division (GTID) and director of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center).

10/30/2018
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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IPR Center Director Alex Khu and CoLP Commissioner Ian Dyson pledged to combine resources to tackle the illegal importation and distribution of counterfeit goods that threaten the health and safety of consumers, wreak havoc on local and national economies, and fund criminal organizations involved in various illicit activities.

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.

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