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08/22/2017
Norfolk, VA
National Security
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The center will focus on identifying intellectual property rights violations, public health and safety threats, and compliance with import and export laws. It will work with a variety of federal agencies including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Transportation to enforce these laws. The Virginia TECC is the 12th in the country.

10/22/2015
Washington, DC
Contraband
Lumber Liquidators was charged earlier this month in the Eastern District of Virginia with one felony count of importing goods through false statements and four misdemeanor violations of the Lacey Act, which makes it a crime to import timber that was taken in violation of the laws of a foreign country and to transport falsely-labeled timber across international borders into the United States.
04/15/2016
San Diego, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Sergio Linyuntang Mendoza Bohon, 19, was arrested in February after he attempted to smuggle nearly 1,200 counterfeit oxycodone pills into the U.S. through the pedestrian lane at the Otay Mesa port of entry. During a secondary inspection and pat down, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers found the tablets along with a package containing several grams of white powder in Mendoza’s underwear.
03/08/2018
San Juan, PR
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

According to the indictment, defendants Carlos Enrique Velázquez-Gines, Mayra Evelise Gines-Otero, Noriam Ivette Flores-Deleon and Vanessa Marrero-Hernández marketed and sold numerous purported dietary supplements for male enhancement or weight loss in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) to American consumers.

02/22/2016
Pittsburgh, PA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Ameri-Source International Inc., Ameri-Source Specialty Products Inc., Ameri-Source Holdings Inc., owned by Ajay Goel and Thomas Diener, and a related import company, SMC Machining LLC, incorporated at Goel’s direction and formerly owned by his wife, imported small-diameter graphite electrodes from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). These devices are columns of synthetic graphite with diameters of around 16 inches or less which are used as fuel in electric arc and ladle furnaces, such as those used in steel manufacturing.
10/06/2015
Hartford, CT
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Peter Picone, 42, of Methuen, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty on June 3, 2014, to conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit military goods. In addition to his prison term, Picone must pay $352,076 in restitution to the 31 companies whose circuitry he counterfeited, and to forfeit $70,050 and 12,960 counterfeit integrated circuits.
02/06/2017
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Allen Smith, 50, of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced Feb. 6 by U.S. District Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas.  In addition to his prison term, Smith was ordered to pay $867,150 in restitution and to forfeit $42,269 worth of illicit proceeds.

11/23/2016
New York, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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In 2015, the number of seizures made nationally due to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) violations increased 25 percent from the previous year, totaling more than 28,000 seizures with an estimated value of more than $1.3 billion.

12/08/2015
Washington, DC
Financial Crimes
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ICE involves itself in hoax and scam prevention through its enforcement actions and by educating the public on risks.
07/31/2019
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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HSI’s forced labor programs coordinate and initiate criminal investigations into U.S.-bound supply chains whose goods are made wholly or in part by means of forced labor.

08/28/2017
New York, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Through a review of operational case studies, best practices and industry perspectives, the 11th annual International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference also aims to shape effective enforcement strategies.

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).
10/16/2012
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Collier Bennett Harper surrendered to federal authorities Monday to begin serving a 37-month prison sentence for importing more than 1,000 counterfeit Microsoft Office CD-ROMs and selling them to unsuspecting customers over the Internet.
09/09/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

A Virginia woman was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for leading a sophisticated conspiracy to import and to sell counterfeit Cisco-branded computer networking equipment, laundering criminal proceeds and obtaining her citizenship through fraud. This case was investigated by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

11/21/2013
Seattle, WA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Little admitted to buying pieces of generic glasswork and artwork over the Internet, then offering them for sale on eBay, falsely claiming they were authentic Chihuly works.
06/02/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Peter Picone, 41, of Methuen, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Martinez of the District of Connecticut to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit military goods. In a plea agreement with the government, he also agreed to forfeit $70,050 and almost 13,000 counterfeit integrated circuits seized at his home and business in April.
06/26/2013
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and several law enforcement agencies in Europe, coordinated by the European Police Office (Europol), announced the seizure of 328 domain names in two related operations Wednesday. The seized domain names were associated with websites illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online.
05/15/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Because of the systemic danger posed by counterfeiting and piracy, which the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has estimated to cost the global economy in excess of $250 billion per year and up to 750,000 American jobs, the IPR Center seeks to engage directly with public and private acquisition professionals to break the steady growth of trade in counterfeit goods.
11/30/2014
London, United Kingdom
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The suspects, a 36-year-old man from Upton, and a 33-year-old man from Dewsbury, were taken into custody Nov. 25 by detectives with the City of London Police Department’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).
10/16/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The operation, which is coordinated through the HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), has resulted in the seizure of over 20,000 pairs of counterfeit and decorative contact lenses.
11/15/2016
Denver, CO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Marc Misko, 62, pleaded guilty in Adams County to solicitation to commit money laundering and was fined $7,500. Mitchell Misko, 62, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft and was fined $5,000.

03/11/2019
Detroit, MI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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In an effort to mitigate vulnerabilities within the commerce stream that threaten the nation’s consumers and to protect national security, Homeland Security officials recently launched its Global Trade Task Force (GTTF), an ICE HSI-led multi-agency effort that leverages robust import and export controls and investigative authorities to combat illicit commercial activities.

02/16/2012
Chattanooga, TN
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A citizen from the People's Republic of China was sentenced Thursday to more than three years in prison following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Highway Patrol - Criminal Investigation Division.
06/23/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Representatives from U.S. and Chinese customs agencies strengthened relations Tuesday by signing an agreement to work together to combat violators of intellectual property rights law.

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