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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.

06/30/2015
Philadelphia, PA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Stephen Voudouris, Sr., 59, from Newtown Square, Yung Chung, 31, from West Chester, and Jaimmy Chun, 30, from Philadelphia are charged with conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit goods and wire fraud. Voudouris, Sr. is also charged with smuggling counterfeit goods into the United States.
03/15/2011
Detroit, MI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Representatives of industry and local and federal law enforcement agencies attended a group session held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) officials Tuesday to discuss the emerging threat of intellectual property rights (IPR) theft and its connection to organized crime and terrorism.
08/04/2016
South Bend, IN
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

The counterfeit merchandise seized included shoes, hats, purses, various clothing items and other luxury accessories.  These items were found to be imitations of name-brand merchandise, such as: Nike Air Jordan, Michael Kors, Timberland, North Face, Polo, NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB.

02/23/2012
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Across the country, flea markets have become notorious hot spots for selling counterfeit goods. That was the case Feb. 13, when HSI special agents identified vendors peddling counterfeit purses, shoes and jewelry items at a flea market just outside Tampa, Fla.
10/29/2012
San Francisco, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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"Special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) have two words for Bay Area vendors hoping to cash in on the World Series by selling counterfeit Major League Baseball (MLB) merchandise - ""you're out!"""
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.
09/27/2017
Newark, NJ
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Shi Wei Zheng, 42, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez in Newark federal court to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. HSI special agents arrested Zheng, who was charged by complaint on March 7, 2017.

05/28/2013
Fresno, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Eric Huggins admitted that from February 2009 through January 2011, he intentionally trafficked in clothing, handbags, sunglasses, and other merchandise that contained counterfeit trademarks.
07/26/2019
San Francisco, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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This surge initiative in the Bay Area is in furtherance of an HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) strategy for targeting the importation, smuggling, and trafficking of counterfeit goods. The goal of this operation is to identify and interdict counterfeit products entering the US at International Mail Facilities and Express Consignment Hubs, and then for HSI field offices to initiate investigations to disrupt and dismantle those organizations involved in these criminal acts.

01/02/2014
Detroit, MI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized $723,377 in fake sports merchandise after a three-month enforcement initiative targeting counterfeit National Hockey League gear and other sportswear leading up to the 2014 NHL Winter Classic events.
08/09/2012
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice are working together to combat intellectual property crimes.
09/23/2011
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The items were seized from a local flea market, three storage units and a box truck.
07/10/2014
Seattle, WA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
ConnectZone.com, LLC, of Lynnwood, was sentenced to five years' organizational probation. Its owner, Daniel Oberholtzer, will serve 37 months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones also ordered the forfeiture the proceeds from the counterfeit sales amounting to nearly $717,000.
12/10/2014
Dallas, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
“Black Friday” sales drew consumers by the thousands to line up for hours to get a drastically reduced TV, pair of shoes or piece of furniture. Those who chose to literally avoid the holiday rush could also take advantage of “Cyber Monday” and catch equally attractive deals online.
02/22/2013
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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This year, additional focus was placed on identifying and seizing counterfeit tickets to the Super Bowl.
01/13/2016
Boston, MA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Micky Punjabi, 36, and his brother Hitesh Punjabi, 33, both of Peabody, Massachusetts, were charged with conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, specifically iPhone components that bore Apple trademarks but were not genuine Apple products.
01/12/2015
Honolulu, HI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Yakov Meir Chazanow, 41, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi to serve 21 months in prison for conspiring to commit criminal copyright infringement, manufacturing counterfeit goods and to trafficking in goods bearing counterfeit Dolby trademarks and counterfeit labels.
02/06/2013
New York, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Five individuals and five corporations have been charged in an indictment unsealed today for allegedly importing hazardous and counterfeit toys from China for sale in the United States.
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.
08/03/2015
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The following four men were indicted July 9: Iain Nigel MacKellar, 58, of the United Kingdom; Lam Ngoc Tran, aka Mark Tran, 40, of Fountain Valley, California; Allen Smith, 49, of Phoenix; and William Humphreys, 58, of Laguna Hills, California.
02/17/2011
New Orleans, LA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
"Bakir Rajkotwala, of Kenner, La., was sentenced to six months of incarceration followed by deportation to his native Pakistan for trafficking counterfeit merchandise, following an investigation by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). On Oct. 27, 2010, ICE HSI special agents confiscated about 58 counterfeit ""NFL"" Reebok Saints Jerseys."
10/28/2016
New York, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Daye Dong, 49, and Hongyu Chen, 48, are charged with importing counterfeit goods from China into the United States with the intent to distribute and sell the counterfeit products to retailers in New York City and elsewhere.

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.
11/19/2012
Newark, NJ
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the FBI along with officers from the Maple Shade and Palmyra, N.J., police departments arrested 16 individuals Sunday in Maple Shade and seized thousands of counterfeit items with an estimated retail value of more than $1 million.

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