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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.”

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.
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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

09/30/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
In the largest operation of its kind, 81 countries took part in an international week of action targeting the online sale of counterfeit and illegal medicines. This operation resulted in dozens of arrests and the seizure of 2.4 million potentially harmful medicines worldwide worth $6.3 million.
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.
04/25/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
To coincide with World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has launched a new public service announcement (PSA) that aims to raise awareness of the economic impact of IP theft.
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.

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."

01/24/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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In an effort to bolster international partnerships and information sharing on intellectual property crime, the European Police Office (Europol) joined the ICE Homeland Security Investigations-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) to become the center's 20th partner agency.
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.
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.
08/28/2015
Westminster, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Rateb Said Najjar, 60, and his son, Eyad Rateb Najjar, 36, both of Westminster, pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit trademark counterfeiting; one felony count of trademark counterfeiting; one felony count of conspiracy to commit money laundering; one felony count of money laundering; and sentencing enhancements given the value of the goods involved.
01/14/2015
Westminster, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Rateb Said Najjar, 60, and his son, Eyad Rateb Najjar, 36, both of Westminster, are each charged with 134 felony counts of money laundering; six felony counts of manufacturing and sale of a counterfeit mark; two felony counts of conspiracy to commit a crime with sentencing enhancements for property damage over $1.3 million; and money laundering in excess of $2.5 million.
09/06/2013
Wetumpka, AL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in coordination with Alabama state police and the Elmore County Sheriff's Department seized approximately 60,000 counterfeit items from an Alabama flea market Saturday worth a total manufacturer's suggested retail price of more than $2.04 million.
05/28/2014
Wheeling, WV
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Xian Chen Chen, 37, was charged in a nine-count with trafficking in counterfeit goods. According to court documents, on November 13, 2013, Chen attempted to traffic goods containing counterfeit marks, including goods purported to be from Beats Electronics, LLC, Chanel Inc., Coach Services Inc., Gucci America Inc., Louis Vuitton Malletier, Michael Kors, LLC, The North Face Apparel Corp., Tiffany (NJ), LLC and Tory Burch, LLC.
10/29/2013
Wichita, KS
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Glenda Sue Morgan pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to trafficking in counterfeit goods.
02/28/2012
Wichita Falls, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A local man was sentenced on Tuesday to nearly five years in federal prison, and ordered to pay $402,417 in restitution, following his June 2011 guilty plea on copyright infringement, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana of the Northern District of Texas.
06/17/2011
Wichita Falls, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
James Clayton Baxter, 28, infringed the copyrighted works of Adobe Systems Inc. by reproducing copies of their software for his financial gain. The Wichita Falls Police Department (WFPD) had previously dealt with Baxter selling infringing software in a 2004 investigation of him for credit card abuse.

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