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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.
11/30/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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“This effort highlights the global commitment to take aggressive action against online piracy,” said IPR Center Director Bruce Foucart. “The IPR Center will continue to collaborate with international law enforcement and industry to protect consumers from purchasing counterfeit goods online, which could expose sensitive financial information and present a health and safety threat.”
06/22/2016
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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“Within the law-enforcement community, it is important that we come together regularly to share experiences and learn from each other; whether it’s talking about the investigative techniques that are working well, or simply shedding new light on emerging threats,” said Deputy Director Ragsdale. “Training sessions such as this also give us an opportunity to share key information and further enhance best practices.”

05/05/2020
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Since the start of the pandemic, HSI and other law enforcement agencies have seen a significant increase in criminals attempting to capitalize and profit from the fear and anxiety surrounding the virus, including the sale of counterfeit pharmaceuticals and medical equipment and illicit online sales and trade importation violations of products claiming to be treatment options.

11/28/2016
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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There were roughly 15,000 illegal websites seized and 48,000 erroneous ecommerce links removed over the past year as part of Operation In Our Sites VII, an effort conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Europol, Interpol and members of industry to crackdown on individuals using the Internet to peddle bogus goods and other copyright-protected material that threaten the health and safety of shoppers.

07/28/2020
Washington, DC
COVID-19
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HSI launched Operation Stolen Promise in April 2020 to protect the Homeland from the increasing and evolving threat posed by COVID-19-related fraud and criminal activity.

02/21/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
ICE's HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center and the World Customs Organization recently concluded Operation Global Hoax II, seizing tens of thousands of counterfeit and pirated goods at international mail facilities and express courier depots worldwide during a two-month operation that began in November 2011.
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.
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.
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.
02/06/2017
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Allen Smith, 50, of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced Feb. 6 by U.S. District Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas.  In addition to his prison term, Smith was ordered to pay $867,150 in restitution and to forfeit $42,269 worth of illicit proceeds.

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.
10/24/2016
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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With Halloween rapidly approaching, federal law-enforcement authorities are issuing a consumer warning against dangerous counterfeit contact lenses and unapproved decorative contact lenses illegally sold at retail outlets and online that can cause eye infections, conjunctivitis and impaired vision.

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.'

09/29/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The three-day event gave attendees the opportunity to learn about and discuss operational best practices to combat transnational organized intellectual property (IP) crime through plenary sessions, operational workshops, interactive round tables and specialized IP crime learning sessions.
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).

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.
11/26/2013
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Federal agencies will be conducting increased operations during the holiday season targeting the importation and distribution of counterfeit and pirated products.

03/02/2016
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The international collaboration was part of Operation Team Player, an ongoing effort targeting the illegal importation of counterfeit sports-related merchandise, which culminated last month in San Francisco, California, ahead of Super Bowl 50.
04/10/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The U.S. ICE-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) and the Department of Justice seized more than $896,000 in proceeds from the distribution of counterfeit sports apparel as the result of an investigation into the sale of counterfeit goods on commercial websites.
07/12/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) seized 70 websites that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise.
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.
08/17/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
John M. Harris was sentenced today to six months in federal prison for criminal copyright infringement after he admitted he operated a DVD-burning factory from his residence and distributed pirated movies to vendors at the D.C. farmer's market. The sentence is the result of an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
12/02/2013
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The 706 domain names seized were set up to dupe consumers into unknowingly buying counterfeit goods as part of the holiday shopping season. The operations were coordinated by the HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) in Washington, D.C.
12/02/2019
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

The ongoing IPR enforcement initiative targeting fake websites, dubbed Operation In Our Sites, was facilitated by the IPR Center, a joint-task force agency led by ICE, FBI and CBP.

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