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02/07/2019
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Four companies and three individuals have agreed to plead guilty to federal criminal charges related to the illegal importation and sale of $11 million worth of pharmaceutical-grade erectile dysfunction drugs that were falsely marketed as herbal remedies for men. Federal prosecutors today filed two new cases against distributors of the misbranded drugs.

03/22/2016
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Jeffrey Scott Patterson, 52, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court. In his plea agreement and during his Monday court appearance, Patterson admitted that, over the course of approximately eight years, he used two websites to advertise and sell counterfeit Adobe software at prices below retail.
04/17/2014
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Didier De Nier, 63, who lived in Simi Valley until he fled the U.S. nearly two years ago, was found guilty Wednesday of five counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
05/13/2013
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
An Argentine man, Felix Gabriel Alderete, has been sentenced for trafficking in prescription drugs, including Lorazepam, Diazepam, Alprazolam, Ketamine, and Sibutramine, following a probe by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
05/22/2011
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The owner and manager of a popular Monterey Park, Calif., video store were arrested Monday morning by agents with U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) on allegations they illegally imported and sold tens of thousands of Chinese movie DVDs bearing a counterfeit Dolby Digital trademark.
05/01/2018
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Rogelio Vasquez is charged in a 30-count indictment that alleges he acquired old, used and/or discarded integrated circuits from Chinese suppliers that had been repainted and remarked with counterfeit logos.

08/19/2019
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

John Seil Lee, 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson, who ordered him remanded into federal custody. Judge Anderson – who also ordered Lee to pay more than $552,000 in restitution to his victims, including men who were injured by Lee’s misbranded pills – remarked in court on Lee’s “callousness” and how Lee’s “scheme has literally ruined lives.”

08/09/2012
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice are working together to combat intellectual property crimes.
09/11/2017
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Sean Gerson, 49, the owner Vaccination Services, Inc. in Lake Forest, pleaded guilty in a scheme that netted him at least $2.5 million over the past 15 years.

07/17/2012
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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A Canoga Park man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to using Craigslist to advertise and sell counterfeit erectile dysfunction drugs has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison following a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
10/14/2014
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Didier De Nier, 64, who lived in Simi Valley until he fled the U.S. nearly two years ago, was found guilty in April by a federal jury of five counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
04/01/2020
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Frank Richard Ludlow, 59, of West Sussex, United Kingdom, was charged with one count of introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce, a felony offense that carries a statutory maximum sentence of three years in federal prison.

04/27/2012
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Leticia Nunez, a vendor in the Los Angeles fashion district who operates two booths that sell designer handbags, jewelry and other accessories, is expected to be arraigned in federal court Friday afternoon following her indictment for trafficking in counterfeit goods.
04/18/2019
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Chan Hung Le, 44, was arrested Tuesday morning by special agents with ICE's HSI pursuant to a criminal complaint that charges him with conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, conspiracy to illegally import merchandise, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

05/09/2011
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A Los Angeles man pleaded guilty Monday to trafficking in counterfeit goods for bringing hundreds of bogus, Chinese-made Ab Circle Pro machines and related items into the United States.
05/12/2014
Lynchburg, VA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
An Altavista man, who previously pleaded guilty to charges related to trafficking in counterfeit sports apparel, was sentenced Tuesday to five months in prison, followed by five months of home confinement. The sentence resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington. As part of his sentence, George E. Hall, 46, must also pay approximately $64,000 in restitution.
09/09/2016
Madera, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Nicholas Ramon Ramirez, 60, of Madera, was taken into custody at Del Valle Food, located in the 200 block of 9th Street. During a search of the store, HSI special agents recovered a large quantity of misbranded medications and pharmaceuticals, including three bottles of the powerful pain killer Tramadol, a controlled substance which can cause addiction and even death if misused. 

06/19/2012
Memphis, TN
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Pursuant to a plea agreement and settlement with the United States, the accused forfeited all interest in the Southwest Flea Market property.
07/22/2015
Mexico City, Mexico
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The conference was hosted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Attaché Office in Mexico City, the HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) and Mexico’s Tax Administration Service (SAT).
01/30/2020
Miami, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The seizures were part of Operation Team Player, an ongoing effort developed by the HSI-led Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Center to target the illegal importation and distribution of counterfeit sports merchandise, and were revealed in Miami, Florida, at a joint press conference with the National Football League (NFL), HSI, CBP and the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD).

06/21/2016
Miami, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Tatiana F. Tascon, 40, of Coconut Grove, pleaded guilty to the charges April 13, as part of her sentence she agreed to forfeit $78,949.45 as well as two properties in Miami.

09/06/2013
Midland, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Raja Zafar Iqbal, 41, and his brother, Javed Iqbal Raja, 50, both naturalized U.S. citizens from Pakistan, and Muhammad Asif Raza, 33, a citizen and national of Pakistan, are charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods or services.
01/23/2014
Midland, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Two brothers, who operate six kiosks at a local mall, pleaded guilty Wednesday to trafficking in counterfeit goods.
02/01/2018
Minneapolis, MN
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Special agents from HSI teamed with industry, CBP, FBI, Minneapolis police officers and other partner agencies to identify flea markets, retail outlets and street vendors selling counterfeit goods during the week leading up to Super Bowl LII. They seized fake jerseys, hats, cell-phone accessories and thousands of other bogus items prepared to be sold to unsuspecting consumers.

01/09/2014
Nashville, TN
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in coordination with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department seized thousands of counterfeit items worth a total manufacturer's suggested retail price of more than $1.8 million from Legends Clothing Store on Bell Road Tuesday.

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