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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).
01/31/2013
New Orleans, LA
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 confiscated by teams of special agents and officers from ICE's Homeland Security Investigations.
05/31/2013
Baton Rouge, LA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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HSI seized 3,082 counterfeit items worth more than $1 million from a Baton Rouge business Thursday. The seized items included counterfeit designer clothing and electronics.
10/29/2013
Alexandria, VA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Charles Daniel Stephens pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to criminal copyright infringement, admitting he sold pirated computer software online.
06/14/2013
Grand Rapids, MI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Jeffrey Steven Telsey was sentenced Thursday for his role in a scheme to traffic counterfeit razor blades to a Michigan retailer. In January 2008, HSI special agents learned that counterfeit Gillette Mach3 razor refills were being distributed through Meijer Stores. Meijer Stores purchased the razors from JCA Enterprises, which was owned by Telsey.
10/10/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Following investigations by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a consumer safety advisory today to alert vehicle owners and repair professionals to the dangers of counterfeit air bags.
09/12/2011
Philadelphia, PA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to trafficking in counterfeit professional sports apparel and accessory items.
03/22/2016
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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IPR Center leadership and representatives from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and FBI held a roundtable discussion last month with staff from the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), a joint advertising industry initiative to fight crime in the digital ad supply chain, to review priorities, set common goals and objectives and determine opportunities for successful collaboration.
07/24/2017
Newark, NJ
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Rosario La Marca, 54, a resident of Naples, Italy, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to count one of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, to smuggle goods into the United States, and to structure financial transactions, and count two, charging him with trafficking in counterfeit goods.

05/18/2014
Fresno, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Jose Antonio Hernandez, 41, and Genaro Vela-Rodriguez, 28, pleaded guilty Monday before Senior U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii to one count each of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and traffic in counterfeit labels and counterfeit documentation and packaging. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Henry Z. Carbajal III and Patrick R. Delahunty are prosecuting the case.
04/17/2015
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Graciella Balderrama-Acevedo, 53, was sentenced to 12 months and a day in federal prison and $90,000 in restitution to Samsung. Balderrama is a Mexican citizen and is expected to face deportation proceedings following her release from prison.
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.

11/26/2013
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Federal agencies will be conducting increased operations during the holiday season targeting the importation and distribution of counterfeit and pirated products.

06/03/2013
Baton Rouge, LA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized an additional $500,000 worth of counterfeit goods Friday from a shipment destined for a Baton Rouge store where HSI seized $1 million of counterfeit goods the day before.
10/19/2012
Asuncion , Paraguay
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Over the past 15 months, ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has provided extensive training and capacity building to Paraguay's customs office and other Paraguayan law enforcement partners.
08/23/2011
New York, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A Queens man, who allegedly streamed live copyrighted sporting events over the Internet illegally, was arrested this morning by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
09/11/2017
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Sean Gerson, 49, the owner Vaccination Services, Inc. in Lake Forest, pleaded guilty in a scheme that netted him at least $2.5 million over the past 15 years.

06/01/2014
Newark, NJ
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Ming Zheng, aka Uncle Mi, 48, of New York, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas to conspiracy to launder money. Judge Salas imposed the sentence Monday in Newark federal court.
05/22/2015
San Francisco, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Hui Jin Chen was arrested Sept. 2, 2014, in Toronto by officers from the Toronto Police Department’s Fugitive Task Force.
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).
05/12/2016
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents stationed in the United States, Canada, France and Netherlands were recognized by L. Carlos Linares, vice president of Anti-Piracy Legal Affairs at RIAA, for their role in aggressively pursuing a North Carolina man who had personally pirated upwards of $7 million worth of songs, albums and other copyright protected content on the websites RockDizMusic.com and RockDizFile.com before they were seized by HSI authorities in 2014.

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.

07/17/2014
Portland, OR
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Kustoms Products, Inc., owner Harold Ray Bettencourt II, 60, of Coos Bay; his sons, Bo Bettencourt, 34, Nicholas Ryan Bettencourt, 32, and Peter Tracy Bettencourt, 28, of North Bend; and company office manager, Margo Antoinette Densmore, 43, also of Coos Bay, will be sentenced along with the corporation in December for fraudulently obtaining some 750 Department of Defense (DOD) contracts with values in excess of $10 million.
06/29/2015
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Martez Alando Gurley, 40, from Napa, California, admitted at his pre-arraignment hearing June 29 that he purchased 15,000 to 18,000 counterfeit Viagra and counterfeit Cialis tablets from an individual in China he knew as “Alice,” as well as an additional 3,600 to 4,800 tablets from another individual within the U.S.
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.

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