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04/29/2013
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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More than $90,000 was also seized from PayPal accounts associated with the seized websites.
07/19/2012
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A southeast Texas man pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to traffic in counterfeit CHI hair care products, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas. This investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
12/20/2012
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced Thursday that it seized 89 website domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise to unsuspecting consumers as part of Project Cyber Monday.
04/04/2011
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A Chinese national, who fled the country after a jury convicted him of trafficking in counterfeit pharmaceuticals, was sentenced last week in absentia to two years and nine months in federal prison.En Wang, 32, the owner of Jiao Long USAO Inc., was convicted by jury on Sept. 2, 2010 of conspiring to traffic counterfeit and misbranded...
04/17/2015
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Graciella Balderrama-Acevedo, 53, was sentenced to 12 months and a day in federal prison and $90,000 in restitution to Samsung. Balderrama is a Mexican citizen and is expected to face deportation proceedings following her release from prison.
04/24/2013
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Two men from China, who were found with more than 14,000 fake luxury items, both pleaded guilty to producing counterfeit goods, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas.
06/29/2015
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Martez Alando Gurley, 40, from Napa, California, admitted at his pre-arraignment hearing June 29 that he purchased 15,000 to 18,000 counterfeit Viagra and counterfeit Cialis tablets from an individual in China he knew as “Alice,” as well as an additional 3,600 to 4,800 tablets from another individual within the U.S.
08/06/2013
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The 11-count indictment, was unsealed Aug. 6 upon the arrest of Jamal Khattab, 49, of Katy, and Fayez Al-Jabri, 45, of Chicago, Ill. Khattab will appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson in Houston Wednesday.
09/24/2013
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Mohammad Jamal Rashid, 45, a U.S. permanent resident, was indicted Sept. 12. The sealed indictment was unsealed Sept. 24 after his arrest by HSI special agents.
11/05/2012
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Shane Lance of Archdale, N.C., was sentenced Monday to federal prison for conspiring to distribute counterfeit pharmaceuticals and trafficking in pharmaceuticals bearing false labeling and counterfeit trademarks.
02/02/2017
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The results from Operation Team Player, a year-round effort developed by the HSI-led National IPR Center to crackdown on the illegal importation of counterfeit sports apparel and merchandise, were revealed at a press conference hosted by the NFL with participation from ICE, CBP, Houston Police Department, Harris County District Attorney’s Office and Harris County Constable’s Office.

03/16/2015
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Han Woon Liew, 46, of Sugar Land, Texas, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Lynn C. Hughes; to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. He was further ordered to pay $2.6 million in restitution. Liew pleaded guilty to the charges Nov. 18, 2014.
01/10/2014
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Mohammad Jamal Rashid, 45, a U.S. permanent resident originally from Pakistan and residing in Houston, admitted he conspired to illegally import counterfeit and misbranded Viagra and Cialis pharmaceutical drugs to his home under a false name and with a false declaration waybill.
05/15/2017
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Michael Chihwen Wang, 49, of Buena Park, California, was the vice president of CYU Lithographics Inc., doing business as Choice Lithographics in Buena Park. Between July 2015 and December 2016, Wang directed the manufacture of counterfeit trademarked Frontline, Frontline Plus and Merial veterinary product labels and shipped them to Houston.

07/19/2011
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Following the arrest of those charged, an indictment was unsealed on Tuesday which charges seven area residents with operating an interstate over-the-counter (OTC) drug theft and fencing ring, structuring and money laundering.
12/06/2016
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Martez Alando Gurley, 41, and Victor Lamar Coates, 47, admitted that they each trafficked more than 10,000 counterfeit tablets. On Dec. 6, U.S. District Judge David Hittner sentenced Gurley to 75 months in federal prison and ordered him to pay $410,508 in restitution to Pfizer Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company — the licensed patent trademark holders of Viagra and Cialis.

08/15/2016
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Victor Lamar Coates, 47, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to conspiring with convicted co-conspirator Martez Gurley, 41, of Napa, California, to traffic in counterfeit and misbranded Viagra and Cialis, and introducing those drugs in interstate commerce.

04/03/2017
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Paul S. Rodriguez Jr., 48, was the CEO of Action Packing and Design Inc. in Santa Ana, California. Between July 2015 and December 2016, Rodriguez intentionally trafficked in counterfeit labels and packaging by manufacturing, then shipping to Houston, counterfeit and trademarked Frontline, Frontline Plus and Merial veterinary product labels and packaging.

06/14/2012
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A federal jury Thursday convicted a Puerto Rican man, Luis Angel Garcia Torres, on 12 counts relating to trafficking counterfeit goods. The investigation was conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Torres used the Internet to obtain and distribute counterfeit erectile dysfunction drugs.
01/27/2015
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The seized illicit honey that was abandoned or forfeited totals 660 barrels weighing 203,280 kilograms (448,156 lbs.). The containers’ shipping documents indicated the bulk honey originated in Latvia.
10/09/2014
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Nick Chen, 46, was charged in a 4-count sealed indictment returned Oct. 8, which was unsealed Oct. 10 as he made his initial appearance before US Magistrate Judge Mary Milloy.
10/28/2019
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

During the first two games of the 2019 World Series, HSI encountered an increase in the sale of counterfeit tickets.

06/28/2017
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

The criminal complaint alleges that Carolina Aguilar Rodriguez, 47, aka “Doctora” sold the counterfeit Diprospan to undercover federal agents on at least five occasions. According to the charges, Rodriguez was not licensed to dispense prescription medications in Texas, and Naturavida was not licensed as a Texas pharmacy.

02/02/2012
Indianapolis, IN
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Speaking at an NFL news conference on Thursday, ICE Director John Morton, CBP Director of Field Operations in Chicago David Murphy and NFL Vice President for Legal Affairs Anastasia Danias announced the record-breaking results of a nationwide enforcement operation.
04/04/2013
Irvine, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Pair arrested overnight after search of Orange County home

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