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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.

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.
10/24/2018
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Intellectual property enforcement representatives met at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center in Arlington, Virginia, for the 2018 IPR Center Symposium: Leveraging the Influence of Social Media.

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).

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.
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.
01/06/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Hana Amal Beshara, 30, of North Brunswick, N.J., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga in the Eastern District of Virginia.

12/07/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) announced the kickoff of Operation Holiday Hoax, an international enforcement effort to track down those who are selling counterfeit and pirated products this holiday season.
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.
05/11/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The Department of Justice seized more than $1.5 million in proceeds from the distribution of counterfeit sports apparel and jerseys, following an investigation into the sale of counterfeit goods on commercial websites conducted by the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, which is led by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations.
11/06/2013
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Fake auto parts, including counterfeit brake pads, tires, suspension components, steering linkages and other accessories, are also universally being distributed and sold to consumers in greater volumes, officials warned.
08/18/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Donald H. Cone of Frederick, Md., was sentenced last Thursday to 30 months in prison for his role in a sophisticated conspiracy to import and sell counterfeit Cisco-branded computer networking equipment. This sentence is the result of an investigation conducted ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
10/22/2015
Washington, DC
Contraband
Lumber Liquidators was charged earlier this month in the Eastern District of Virginia with one felony count of importing goods through false statements and four misdemeanor violations of the Lacey Act, which makes it a crime to import timber that was taken in violation of the laws of a foreign country and to transport falsely-labeled timber across international borders into the United States.
12/05/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Two New Jersey men, Sanjay Anandani and Rohit Rohit, have been arrested for their roles in a conspiracy to import and traffic in counterfeit perfume. This investigation is being conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Anandani and Rohit are alleged to have imported three shipping containers with counterfeit perfume.

07/27/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) served court orders seizing 16 domain names of websites selling counterfeit goods over the Internet and arrested an upstate New York man for producing and selling counterfeit goods. This operation, dubbed "Shoe Clerk," is the sixth phase of "Operation in Our Sites".
11/03/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Justin A. Dedemko, 28, of Brooklyn, N.Y., pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga in the Alexandria Division of the Eastern District of Virginia. Dedemko's fellow co-founders Matthew David Howard Smith and Hana Amal Beshara pleaded guilty on Sept. 23, 2011, and Sept. 29, 2011, respectively, to conspiracy and criminal copyright infringement.

02/22/2013
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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This year, additional focus was placed on identifying and seizing counterfeit tickets to the Super Bowl.
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.”
06/11/2019
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The IPR Center conducted 339 foreign and domestic intellectual property rights and commercial fraud training events in FY 2017, reaching 14,258 participants. Domestic training events included the IPR Center’s Counterfeit Awareness, Mitigation, Identification, and Reporting Training.

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.”

04/26/2018
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The IPR Center not only stands at the forefront of the federal government’s response to counterfeiting, but also epitomizes ICE’s commitment to dedicate resources in the fight against IP crimes,” said HSI Acting Executive Associate Director Derek Benner. “HSI special agents in collaboration with law-enforcement partners and industry representatives will continue to aggressively investigate IP theft and refer cases for prosecution.

10/25/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Joshua David Evans of North Bend, Wash. and Jeremy Lynn Andrew of Eugene, Ore., pleaded guilty on Tuesday for their roles in NinjaVideo.net, a website that provided millions of users with the ability to illegally download infringing copies of copyright-protected movies and television programs in high-quality formats.

05/24/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
During the course of the operation, ICE HSI agents investigated websites suspected of selling counterfeit goods and illegally distributing copyrighted material in the United States. Once the materials were confirmed as counterfeit or otherwise illegal, seizure orders for the domain names of the websites that sold or distributed the items were obtained from federal magistrate judges.
09/04/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Personnel from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection gathered this week to receive key training in the prevention of textile trade fraud that threatens the U.S. economy, restricts the competitiveness of U.S. industry and endangers the health and safety of the American public.
07/11/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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In a move designed to bolster partnerships and information sharing on intellectual property crime, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) joined the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) to become the center's 21st partner agency.

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