United States Flag
Official Website of the Department of Homeland Security

Report Crimes: Email or Call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE

mobile search image

News Releases

Share

  • Email icon
  • Facebook icon
  • Twitter icon
  • Print icon

All News Releases

Search Help:

The displayed items are limited to the latest 1,250 news releases that match your filter criteria. Please try narrowing your filter criteria by date, topic or location if you do not find the news release you are seeking.

08/28/2020
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Image Icon

The MOU focuses on vital areas of intellectual property, brand protection and anti-counterfeiting strategies, which have become extremely important in the current global economy. The agreement will also facilitate knowledge transfer between the center and university to share mutually beneficial information, research and technology that will advance intellectual property enforcement.

09/19/2012
Warwick, RI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Image Icon
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
Image Icon
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.
09/23/2011
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Image Icon
The items were seized from a local flea market, three storage units and a box truck.
01/29/2014
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Image Icon
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.
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.
09/09/2011
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Image Icon
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.
02/03/2012
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Nearly $1.2 million of counterfeit goods, including purses, wallets, scarves and perfumes, were seized by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents Wednesday from Jin Zheng. Zheng was previously arrested and indicted for trafficking in these counterfeit goods.
03/09/2012
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Image Icon
Jin Zheng, the co-owner and operator of the Asia Gift Shop in Tampa, was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for trafficking in counterfeit goods, following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
03/28/2013
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from the Lakeland Police Department and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), seized 7,846 pirated DVDs and nearly $170,000 in Lakeland Thursday as part of a global counterfeit motion picture DVD investigation that extended to the People's Republic of China.
09/30/2011
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents executed five federal search warrants in an intellectual property rights investigation related to counterfeit goods in Tampa.
05/17/2013
Tacoma, WA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Vitality Yaremkiv, of Vancouver, Wash., sold more than 900 illegally imported counterfeit air bags between June 2011 and June 2012, earning nearly $140,000.
03/27/2015
Syracuse, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Fake jerseys, ball caps, t-shirts, jackets and other souvenirs are among the counterfeit merchandise and clothing typically sold at and around these events. Additionally, authorities have seen an increase in the sale of counterfeit tickets being sold to events like these. Large sporting events are prime targets for counterfeiters, many of whom travel the country with the sole intention of scamming innocent sports fans.
09/11/2014
St. Louis, MO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Jack Frison Sr., 65, of Frontenac, Missouri, was convicted on one felony count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, one felony count of aiding and abetting copyright infringement, and one felony count of aiding and abetting trafficking counterfeit goods.
04/24/2012
St. Louis, MO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Benny Carmi and Moshe Dahan pleaded guilty Monday and were sentenced for smuggling counterfeit and misbranded pharmaceuticals into the United States, including the erectile dysfunction drug marketed in the United States as Cialis (R).
06/21/2013
St. Louis, MO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The operator of a local flea market, Jack Frison Sr., turned himself in to authorities Thursday after a federal grand jury indicted him on multiple charges relating to his alleged involvement in selling counterfeit goods.
01/28/2015
St. Louis, MO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Jack Frison Sr., of Frontenac, Missouri, and the owner of the Frison Flea Market, was sentenced following his Sept. 14, 2014 conviction for: one felony count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, one felony count of aiding and abetting felony copyright infringement, and one felony count of aiding and abetting trafficking counterfeit goods.
01/19/2017
Springfield, MO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Sherrie Householder, 59, of Nixa, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to two years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Householder to pay $8,866,069 in restitution. Wang “Frank” Luo, a Chinese citizen, owned Flash Tech, while Householder managed the company’s activities in the United States.

10/28/2013
Springfield, MO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A southwestern Missouri man, Matthew Cerullo, pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to multiple charges related to a scheme to sell thousands of counterfeit DVDs via the Internet.
12/08/2017
Springfield, MO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Aleksey Illyuk, 28, of Ozark, Missouri, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of mail fraud and one count of smuggling goods into the United States.

07/15/2013
Springfield, MO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
GuildMaster, Inc., of Springfield, Mo., pleaded guilty to the felony offense of trafficking in goods with counterfeit marks. Thousands of lamps imported by GuildMaster from China bore counterfeit Underwriters Laboratories (UL) labels.
12/06/2017
Springfield, MO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Tonya Virtue, 33, of Mountain Grove, Missouri, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of smuggling goods into the United States.

08/30/2013
Springfield, MO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
GuildMaster Inc., based in Springfield, Mo., and represented in court by its company president, Stephen Crowder, must forfeit 5,585 lamps that were seized by CBP, valued at $1,831,918, and serve a five-year term of probation.
08/04/2016
South Bend, IN
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

The counterfeit merchandise seized included shoes, hats, purses, various clothing items and other luxury accessories.  These items were found to be imitations of name-brand merchandise, such as: Nike Air Jordan, Michael Kors, Timberland, North Face, Polo, NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB.

Pages