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11/03/2016
San Francisco, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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During a search of the woman’s residence, HSI special agents recovered counterfeit lipsticks, hair styling products, eyelash adhesive, powder compacts, eye shadow, eye liner, as well as electronic curlers and straighteners.

10/14/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The conference brought together brand protection leaders from industry, academia and law enforcement to discuss ground-breaking research from world-renowned scholars, field-driven insight from globally-recognized organizations in both the private and public sector and current and emerging challenges and strategies in the area of intellectual property rights.
10/23/2013
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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With Halloween rapidly approaching, federal officials are warning the public about the dangers associated with counterfeit decorative contact lenses. Decorative and colored lenses are becoming increasingly popular, especially around this time of year.
01/08/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Theft of American intellectual property is a serious crime, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and ICE announced today that their vigorous, ongoing efforts to protect America from the trade in counterfeit and pirated goods during fiscal year (FY) 2011 resulted in 24,792 seizures, a 24 percent increase over 2010.
04/26/2012
Fresno, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Two Mexican nationals made their initial appearance in federal court Wednesday on charges of trafficking in counterfeit goods after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents executed a search warrant at a rural Fresno-area home, seizing more than 70,000 pirated copies of music and movies.
03/08/2013
Columbia, SC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), working jointly with the South Carolina Secretary of State's Office, Blazer Investigations and Pfizer, seized approximately $4 million in counterfeit goods and pharmaceuticals during a two-week operation that ran from Feb. 19 through Wednesday.
02/15/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A business owner from Newport Coast, Calif., Mustafa Abdul Aljaff, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison for conspiring to sell counterfeit integrated circuits to the U.S. military, defense contractors and others. The case was investigated by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
08/14/2012
Peoria, IL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
"Two women who did business as ""The Purse Lady"" were sentenced in federal court Monday for conspiring to traffic counterfeit merchandise in the Rockford, Ill., area. The sentences resulted from a joint investigation conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Bloomington Police Department, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. "
06/11/2013
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
With the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) warned the public Tuesday to beware of purchasing counterfeit sports apparel and tickets to playoff games.
09/26/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Matthew David Howard Smith, 23, of Raleigh, N.C., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga in the Eastern District of Virginia to conspiracy and criminal copyright infringement.

04/30/2014
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The indictment of Han Woon Liew, 45, from Sugar Land, Texas, returned under seal April 16, was unsealed May 1 upon his arrest. He is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson May 2.
05/05/2017
Albuquerque, NM
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Dina Gonzalez-Marquez, 23, and Emilio Gonzalez-Marquez, 21, were arrested Wednesday for allegedly operating a counterfeit airbag business out of their Albuquerque residence.

06/19/2013
Seattle, WA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Michael Little admitted to buying various pieces of generic glasswork and artwork over the Internet, then falsely claimed to buyers on eBay that they were authentic works by famed Northwest artist Dale Chihuly. Court records say Little grossed at least $40,000 through his scam that ran between 2011 and April 2013.
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.
05/14/2014
Philadelphia, PA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Brian Bethman, 38, of Lafayette Hill, is charged with smuggling in more than 6,000 audiovisual copies of movies and television shows that were protected by copyright between April 2010 and April 2011.
03/30/2016
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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34-year-old Roberto Craciunica, a Romanian man believed to be residing in Germany, was indicted in October 2015 in the Eastern District of Virginia for a variety of charges related to manufacturing and distributing counterfeit badges, including trafficking in counterfeit goods; smuggling; and possession, sale or transportation of false seals. Interpol has also issued a Red Notice for Craciunica’s arrest.
05/11/2015
Fairview Heights, IL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Qais Hussein, 44, and Majdi Odeh, 45, both of Swansea, Illinois, pleaded guilty May 11 to a four-count indictment charging that they, along with others, engaged in a conspiracy from January 2010 through July 2012 to unlawfully acquire Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits (formerly known as food stamps), aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of false tax returns, and trafficking in counterfeit goods.
11/01/2013
New York, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The defendants - Ali Chahine, 43, Imad Elcheikhali, 48, Wassim Faisal, aka Michael Saissan, 44, Haissam Saleh, 28, Mehdi Saleh, 37, and Kassem Tohme, 40 - are charged with trademark counterfeiting and conspiracy.
10/12/2012
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Robin Han, a New Zealand physician who acted as a large-scale supplier of bogus erectile dysfunction drugs to distributors in California, Texas and Europe, was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay nearly $200,000 in restitution on charges stemming from a long-term probe by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
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).
05/30/2012
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.
07/10/2013
Jacksonville, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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An HSI special agent began investigating Tyrone Pierre Lewis, 29, in April 2012 for trafficking in counterfeit goods. Since then, HSI special agents warned Lewis on three occasions to cease and desist from importing counterfeit products.
08/15/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Jacinda Jones of Ypsilanti, Mich. was sentenced today to two years in prison for selling more than $400,000 worth of counterfeit computer software after an extensive investigation by IPR Center in Washington.
06/19/2014
Newark, NJ
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Hai Dong Jiang, aka Jimmy, aka Dong, 37, of Staten Island, New York, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in Newark federal court to one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit.
11/17/2017
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

The crackdown on counterfeiting intensified this week as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) welcomed Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) industry representatives from multiple sectors, and IP enforcers from across the federal government, to exchange intelligence and develop new strategies in the fight against IP crimes that support transnational criminal organizations and threaten the health and safety of American consumers.

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