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02/13/2014
Chicago, IL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The owner of a Bridgeview vehicle diagnostic center has been charged with felony counterfeit trademarks after at least two dozen counterfeit airbags were found at his business.
12/10/2014
New York, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Naqing Zhang, 31, and his wife, Wei Dong, 32, Chin C. Chu, 43, and his wife, Jian Y. Xia, 38, Sai E. Chen, 39, Wei A. Liao, 41,and Zhou Pizhong, 22, face charges of second-degree trademark counterfeiting. If convicted, they each face up to four years in prison.
11/20/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Counterfeit electronics that overheat due to improper manufacture, fake bicycle helmets that break upon impact and phony cosmetics that lead to skin ailments are just a few examples of knock-off items sold online that present a serious health and safety risk. Seasonal items like holiday lights can also be counterfeit, poorly wired and ignite fires.
12/12/2016
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

The Joint Strategic Plan (JSP) for Intellectual Property Enforcement, titled “Supporting Innovation, Creativity & Enterprise: Charting a Path Ahead”, identifies overarching goals, mandated objectives and collaborative initiatives to be implemented by the ICE-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) over the next three years. 

05/31/2019
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Fake jerseys, ball caps, t-shirts, jackets and other souvenirs are among the counterfeit merchandise and clothing typically sold during these events. Additionally, authorities have seen an increase in the sale of counterfeit tickets being sold to these events.

09/03/2014
Boston, MA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Zexiong Chen, 28, and Haotian Chen, 26, who are unrelated, were charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods. It is alleged that in February 2013, the defendants incorporated Max Wireless Group, Inc. as a vehicle for importing and reselling cellphone cases, many of which were counterfeit.
07/06/2015
Newark, NJ
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The following individuals were charged in an eight-count indictment with importing and trafficking in counterfeit goods, smuggling, structuring and international money laundering: Andreina Becerra, 30, a Venezuelan national residing in Miami; Roberto Volpe, 33, an Italian national residing in Miami; Jianhua Li, 40, a Chinese national and resident of Guangzhou, China; Rosario La Marca, 52, an Italian national and resident of Italy.
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.

03/08/2018
Baltimore, MD
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Marco DeCamillo, 41, of Reading, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 12 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for mail fraud stemming from the sales of misbranded body armor and order to pay $124,000 in restitution.

10/28/2011
Buffalo, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Two upstate women were arrested and charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods. The charge carries a maximum 10 years in prison and a $2 million fine. This investigation is being conducted 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.
09/20/2012
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A man from Puerto Rico was sentenced to 21 months in prison Thursday on 12 counts related to the trafficking of counterfeit goods, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas.
04/04/2013
Seattle, WA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A 25-year-old man who allegedly sold counterfeit vehicle air bags on the Internet was arrested Tuesday after being indicted by a federal grand jury on four counts of trafficking counterfeit goods.
02/04/2011
Dallas, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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ICE's 'Operation Interception' sacks vendors for more than 3.56 million dollars in fake merchandise
06/08/2011
Philadelphia, PA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Randy Hucks was indicted for trafficking in counterfeit pharmaceuticals, including Cialis and Viagra tablets. He was conducting business under the name Fashionista Emporium, selling pharmaceuticals from China. The case is being investigated by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Food and Drug Administration.
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.
02/27/2013
Birmingham, AL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized 57 counterfeit tickets and approximately $7,000 in counterfeit U.S. currency following an Alabama Department of Public Safety traffic stop Jan. 31 in Sumter County.
09/20/2013
New Orleans, LA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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According to court documents, Davis Norman III, 36, of New Orleans, duplicated and sold copyrighted motion pictures and music using a home DVD/CD burner. Norman then sold illegal copies for $10 from his car in a parking lot located along North Claiborne Avenue in New Orleans.
11/26/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), law enforcement agencies from Belgium, Denmark, France, Romania and the United Kingdom, and the European Police Office (Europol) seized 132 domain names today that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers.
03/24/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The number of IPR seizures increased nearly 7 percent from 22,848 in FY 2012 to 24,361 in FY 2013.
01/15/2015
Phoenix, AZ
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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At a news conference Friday, representatives from the three agencies detailed the results of three intellectual property theft cases, including two involving HSI. The seized goods included counterfeit National Football League (NFL) branded sportswear, designer clothing, videos, smartphones and even electronic audio products worth over $800,000.
12/15/2015
Denver, CO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Randy Lynn Hastings, 59, is charged with two counts of tax violation, two counts of tax evasion and five counts of trademark counterfeiting.
01/25/2017
Brighton, CO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

David Brian Henrichsen, 51, a former police officer in Colorado Springs, Colorado, pleaded guilty to one count of computer crime to commit theft, and was fined $7,500 by Adams County District Judge Ted Tow for his role in the criminal enterprise.

10/05/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
According to the indictment, the defendants conspired to smuggle at least 30 known shipments, totaling about 100,000 pills, from China to Texas. As alleged in the indictment, the shipments contained bogus imitations of Xanax, Valium, sibutramine, Cialis, Viagra and Stilnox (which is marketed in the United States as Ambien). None of the pills seized and tested were legitimate; all either contained incorrect active ingredients or were sub-potent.
08/20/2015
Dallas, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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IP theft is a problem that goes much deeper than buyers purchasing fake name-brand purses, shoes or football jerseys at a discount. This alone harms the U.S. economy and robs American workers of jobs. But profits from “knock-offs” also often support criminal organizations involved in weapons trafficking, drug smuggling and other illegal activities.

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