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10/02/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
These counterfeit parts usually bear the trademark of a legitimate and trusted brand, but they were produced by another party and are not made to the specifications of the original equipment manufacturer. They're often produced illegally and sold at a profit to fund other criminal activities.
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.
09/28/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Hana Beshara of Las Vegas, Nevada, pleaded guilty today for her role in founding 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. This investigation is being conducted by the IPR Center.

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.
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.
11/26/2018
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Roughly 33,600 website domain names were criminally seized in a collaborative effort between ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Europol, Interpol and police agencies from 26 different countries. Industry partners participating in the operation were fully responsible for civilly seizing 1.21 million domain names and shutting down 2.2 million erroneous ecommerce links featured on social media platforms and third-party marketplaces.

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.

05/31/2019
Washington, DC
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 typically sold during these events. Additionally, authorities have seen an increase in the sale of counterfeit tickets being sold to these events.

03/22/2016
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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IPR Center leadership and representatives from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and FBI held a roundtable discussion last month with staff from the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), a joint advertising industry initiative to fight crime in the digital ad supply chain, to review priorities, set common goals and objectives and determine opportunities for successful collaboration.
01/03/2013
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

"Jeramiah B. Perkins, the leader of the Internet piracy group ""IMAGiNE,"" was sentenced today to 60 months in prison following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Washington, D.C."

10/10/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Following investigations by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a consumer safety advisory today to alert vehicle owners and repair professionals to the dangers of counterfeit air bags.
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.
07/31/2019
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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HSI’s forced labor programs coordinate and initiate criminal investigations into U.S.-bound supply chains whose goods are made wholly or in part by means of forced labor.

05/12/2016
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents stationed in the United States, Canada, France and Netherlands were recognized by L. Carlos Linares, vice president of Anti-Piracy Legal Affairs at RIAA, for their role in aggressively pursuing a North Carolina man who had personally pirated upwards of $7 million worth of songs, albums and other copyright protected content on the websites RockDizMusic.com and RockDizFile.com before they were seized by HSI authorities in 2014.

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. 

06/22/2016
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Operation In Our Sites is the major effort ICE investigators, industry and international law enforcement conduct in order to eliminate copyright infringing websites selling counterfeit goods that may threaten the health and safety of consumers. 

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.
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.
07/12/2012
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.
10/22/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Officials are warning consumers not to buy contact lenses from such places as Halloween or novelty shops, salons, beauty supply stores, or online if the site doesn’t require a prescription. Although many places illegally sell decorative contact lenses to consumers without valid prescriptions for as little as $20, these vendors are not authorized distributors of contact lenses, which by law require a prescription.
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.
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.

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.
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.
09/08/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

The indictment charged the following individuals: Hana Amal Beshara, 29, of North Brunswick, N.J., and Matthew David Howard Smith, 23, of Raleigh, N.C., identified in the indictment as founders and administrators of NinjaVideo; Joshua David Evans, 34, of North Bend, Wash., and Zoi Mertzanis, 36, a resident of Greece, alleged to be two of the most active uploaders of copyrighted material to the site; and Jeremy Lynn Andrew, 33, of Eugene, Ore., the alleged head of security for the website.

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