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05/08/2012
Philadelphia, PA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Lynn Lavigne was sentenced in federal court Tuesday on charges of trafficking in counterfeit M-A-C cosmetics and accessory items after an investigation conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations.The investigation began in August 2010 after local police received a safety complaint about cosmetics Lavigne was selling at a local flea market.
05/09/2012
San Jose, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Hau Phuc Nguyen, the owner of a local boutique that sells women's clothing and handbags, was arrested Tuesday on federal charges for trafficking in counterfeit goods, following a probe by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations.
05/10/2012
Norfolk, VA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

A California man pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to willfully reproduce and distribute tens of thousands of infringing copies of copyrighted works without permission, including infringing copies of movies before they were commercially released on DVD.

05/11/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The Department of Justice seized more than $1.5 million in proceeds from the distribution of counterfeit sports apparel and jerseys, following an investigation into the sale of counterfeit goods on commercial websites conducted by the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, which is led by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations.
05/18/2012
Rochester, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Curtis Henry of Rochester, New York, was sentenced Wednesday to three years probation and ordered to pay $13,377 for importing more than 700 counterfeit Viagra and Cialis tablets from a source in China into the United States. This investigation was conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
05/21/2012
Fresno, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Four Fresno residents have been sentenced to prison time for trafficking in counterfeit movie and music disks following a probe by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations.
05/25/2012
Cleveland, OH
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Cristiano Budiman, a citizen of Indonesia, pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating digital copyright laws by manufacturing and selling various modification chips used in popular gaming consoles. The conviction follows an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
05/29/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A Maryland man charged with illegally reproducing and selling feature motion pictures, John M. Harris, pleaded guilty Friday to federal copyright infringement charges in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The investigation was conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
05/30/2012
Birmingham, AL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized nearly 1,400 counterfeit items with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of more than $400,000 at two Birmingham, Ala., stores May 23.
06/07/2012
Oklahoma City, OK
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Special agents from ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), officers from Oklahoma City Police Department (OCPD), and representatives from the National Basketball Association (NBA) seized counterfeit NBA merchandise, especially related to the Oklahoma Thunder basketball team, from four local stores Wednesday.
06/08/2012
Laredo, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Rolando Montalvo was sentenced Friday to 13 months in federal prison for trafficking in counterfeit merchandise, following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). HSI special agents seized nearly 4,000 pieces of merchandise from Montalvo's store with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of almost $1 million.
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....
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.
06/15/2012
Greenbelt, MD
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Two domain names and three PayPal accounts were seized Friday, in connection with a scheme to sell fraudulent store and rewards coupons, following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Anyone who tries to access the websites, Sderclub.com and ccccpn.com, will be directed instead to a banner that provides notice...

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.
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.
06/20/2012
New York, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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A counterfeit trafficking ring has been dismantled resulting in the seizure of more than 32,000 bogus cell phones and other electronics. Three individuals were arrested by law enforcement Tuesday after an extensive investigation conducted by ICE HSI, CBP and the Nassau County Police Department.
06/22/2012
Norfolk, VA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to willfully reproduce and distribute tens of thousands of infringing copies of copyrighted works without permission, including infringing copies of movies before they were commercially released on DVD.
06/28/2012
Baltimore, MD
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Naveed Sheikh, 30, was charged in a four count superseding indictment alleging that from February 2004 to June 2008, Sheikh conspired to infringe copyrights. If convicted, Sheikh faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the conspiracy and for each of three counts of copyright infringement. Sheikh is detained. No court appearance has been scheduled.

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.
07/12/2012
Kansas City, MO
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) and officers from other law enforcement agencies seized more than $540,000 in counterfeit Major League Baseball (MLB) merchandise during a two-week operation ending with Tuesday night's MLB All-Star Game.
07/12/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) seized 70 websites that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise.
07/13/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Gregory A. Cherwonik pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to willfully reproduce and distribute tens of thousands of infringing copies of copyrighted works without permission, including infringing copies of movies before they were commercially released on DVD.

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).
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).

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