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11/30/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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“This effort highlights the global commitment to take aggressive action against online piracy,” said IPR Center Director Bruce Foucart. “The IPR Center will continue to collaborate with international law enforcement and industry to protect consumers from purchasing counterfeit goods online, which could expose sensitive financial information and present a health and safety threat.”
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.
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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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."

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.
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.
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.
09/19/2012
Warwick, RI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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A Rhode Island man was arrested Wednesday on charges of trafficking counterfeit merchandise. The arrest follows a six-month investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
02/09/2012
Tucson, AZ
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested two men Wednesday and seized an estimated $1 million of counterfeit luxury brand jewelry items from a pair of vendors at the Gem and Lapidary Wholesalers show.
06/05/2015
Trenton, NJ
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The indictment resulted from a lengthy investigation titled “Operation Midnight Run” by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the New Jersey State Police - Interstate Theft North Unit and the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice - Specialized Crimes Bureau.
02/23/2012
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Across the country, flea markets have become notorious hot spots for selling counterfeit goods. That was the case Feb. 13, when HSI special agents identified vendors peddling counterfeit purses, shoes and jewelry items at a flea market just outside Tampa, Fla.
01/29/2014
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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John C. Gaglione Jr., 49, must also pay a monetary judgment of $365,265, the proceeds of his criminal conduct, and $180,000 in restitution.
09/09/2011
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The Tampa Intellectual Property Theft Enforcement Team met with industry representatives last month to discuss the emerging threat of intellectual property theft and its connection to criminal enterprises.

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