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02/04/2011
Dallas, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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ICE's 'Operation Interception' sacks vendors for more than 3.56 million dollars in fake merchandise
08/20/2015
Dallas, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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IP theft is a problem that goes much deeper than buyers purchasing fake name-brand purses, shoes or football jerseys at a discount. This alone harms the U.S. economy and robs American workers of jobs. But profits from “knock-offs” also often support criminal organizations involved in weapons trafficking, drug smuggling and other illegal activities.
12/10/2014
Dallas, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
“Black Friday” sales drew consumers by the thousands to line up for hours to get a drastically reduced TV, pair of shoes or piece of furniture. Those who chose to literally avoid the holiday rush could also take advantage of “Cyber Monday” and catch equally attractive deals online.
08/25/2015
Dallas, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Arizona resident, Melek Ackay Portillo, 52, who owns Angelica's Record Distributors, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney to two counts of copyright infringement, stipulating that she willfully reproduced or distributed numerous copyrighted sound recordings on CDs without authorization from the copyright holders.
08/19/2015
Dallas, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
It’s estimated that American industries alone lose about $250 billion annually from these counterfeits. And that lost revenue also means lost American jobs, and lost local and federal taxes that weren’t paid on those goods.
10/13/2015
Dallas, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Evan Patterson, 31, from Grand Prairie, Texas, remains on bond after he pleaded guilty Oct. 13 to one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods.
11/15/2016
Denver, CO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Marc Misko, 62, pleaded guilty in Adams County to solicitation to commit money laundering and was fined $7,500. Mitchell Misko, 62, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft and was fined $5,000.

12/15/2015
Denver, CO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Randy Lynn Hastings, 59, is charged with two counts of tax violation, two counts of tax evasion and five counts of trademark counterfeiting.
02/01/2016
Denver, CO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Junaid Qadir, 33, of Karachi, Pakistan, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver Aug. 22, 2012. A superseding indictment was obtained June 25, 2015. He was arrested last spring after he traveled from Pakistan to Germany, which has U.S. extradition laws.
06/03/2011
Denver, CO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Shengyang Zhou, aka "Tom," 31, of Kunming, Yunnan, China, was ordered to pay restitution totaling $504,815.39 to the victims of his crime, including an emergency room doctor from Texas who suffered a mild stroke from ingesting the counterfeit medication. Following his prison sentence, Zhou will be deported.
06/18/2012
Denver, CO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Four individuals were indicted recently for computer crime, filing false tax returns and trademark counterfeiting for selling counterfeit cycling jerseys and bicycle components on the Internet, announced Monday by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. Seized counterfeit items have an estimated industry MSRP value of $285,306.
08/03/2016
Denver, CO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The charges allege that Marc Alan Misko, 62, Mitchell Jay Misko, 62, David Brian Henrichsen, 51, and Glenn Ford, 63, operated a business selling counterfeit sports merchandise at the Mile High Flea Market from Nov. 14, 2006 to Jan. 10, 2015. The merchandise was falsely marked and identified as official merchandise for the Denver Broncos and other Denver professional and college teams as well as teams based in other cities throughout the country.

01/28/2011
Denver, CO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
"A China national pleaded guilty earlier this week to charges of trafficking and attempting to traffic in counterfeit goods, namely counterfeit versions of the pharmaceutical weight-loss drug known as ""Alli."" "
02/12/2016
Denver, CO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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All the counterfeit items were seized in Denver’s Civic Center Park area Feb. 9 from 15 vendors; no arrests were made. The seizures consisted of T-shirts, jerseys and beanies with Broncos trademarks as well as Super Bowl 50 trademarks.
03/11/2019
Detroit, MI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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In an effort to mitigate vulnerabilities within the commerce stream that threaten the nation’s consumers and to protect national security, Homeland Security officials recently launched its Global Trade Task Force (GTTF), an ICE HSI-led multi-agency effort that leverages robust import and export controls and investigative authorities to combat illicit commercial activities.

03/13/2014
Detroit, MI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
As Detroit Tigers fans prepare for the March 31 home opener, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) warned the public Thursday to beware of counterfeit merchandise and tickets.
03/15/2011
Detroit, MI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Representatives of industry and local and federal law enforcement agencies attended a group session held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) officials Tuesday to discuss the emerging threat of intellectual property rights (IPR) theft and its connection to organized crime and terrorism.
06/08/2012
Detroit, MI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A $6.3 million settlement was reached Monday to resolve claims that companies misclassified auto parts manufactured in China and imported to the United States, to evade $2.5 million in duties. The settlement follows an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). CMAI Industries, LLC, China Metal Products Co., Ltd....
10/15/2012
Detroit, MI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The suspects Samar Ayoub, 39, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., and Hussein Jomaa, 30, of Dearborn, Mich., who made their initial appearances in federal court Monday afternoon, are charged in a criminal complaint with knowingly trafficking counterfeit merchandise.
11/20/2014
Detroit, MI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Since 2010, Ford and HSI Detroit have collaborated on dozens of enforcement efforts that resulted in the seizures of websites selling counterfeit diagnostics equipment, charges against individuals selling counterfeit airbags and airbag components, seizures of faulty Engine Control Modules (ECMs), which act as the vehicle’s “black box,” and seizures of other sensitive automotive parts.
04/21/2016
Detroit, MI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The seizures follow an investigation and several undercover buys from the websites. Late last year, HSI special agents bought multiple brand-infringing auto parts from the online retailers and subsequently confirmed with trademark holders that the items were fraudulent.

12/07/2014
Detroit, MI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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HSI executed a state search warrant at The Source II, located on Woodward Avenue, following an investigation that included multiple undercover buys of counterfeit merchandise. Special agents also served a state search warrant at the Southfield residence of the business owner, Cerhue Walker, where he was arrested on charges of trafficking counterfeit goods. A second suspect, Latrice Walker, was arrested at the Detroit store.
01/02/2014
Detroit, MI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized $723,377 in fake sports merchandise after a three-month enforcement initiative targeting counterfeit National Hockey League gear and other sportswear leading up to the 2014 NHL Winter Classic events.
03/22/2013
Detroit, MI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Mark Jeffrey Glover and his company, Discount Computers Inc. (DCI), were sentenced today for trafficking in counterfeit goods and services and violating environmental laws. The sentence is the result of an extensive investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)...
12/17/2013
El Paso, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Within the past two months, special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) have locally seized almost 9,000 items of counterfeit merchandise valued at nearly $3.5 million during 'Operation Holiday Hoax.'

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