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05/12/2016
San Diego, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Hongwei “Nick” Du, 33, of Shenzhen, China, admitted Wednesday in U.S. District Court to conspiring with two El Centro residents to traffic counterfeit goods and money laundering. Du further admitted he coordinated the shipments of the Chinese-made counterfeit products in a manner designed to prevent customs officers from detecting them.

04/18/2019
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Chan Hung Le, 44, was arrested Tuesday morning by special agents with ICE's HSI pursuant to a criminal complaint that charges him with conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, conspiracy to illegally import merchandise, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

02/01/2018
Minneapolis, MN
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Special agents from HSI teamed with industry, CBP, FBI, Minneapolis police officers and other partner agencies to identify flea markets, retail outlets and street vendors selling counterfeit goods during the week leading up to Super Bowl LII. They seized fake jerseys, hats, cell-phone accessories and thousands of other bogus items prepared to be sold to unsuspecting consumers.

12/07/2014
Detroit, MI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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HSI executed a state search warrant at The Source II, located on Woodward Avenue, following an investigation that included multiple undercover buys of counterfeit merchandise. Special agents also served a state search warrant at the Southfield residence of the business owner, Cerhue Walker, where he was arrested on charges of trafficking counterfeit goods. A second suspect, Latrice Walker, was arrested at the Detroit store.
12/05/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Two New Jersey men, Sanjay Anandani and Rohit Rohit, have been arrested for their roles in a conspiracy to import and traffic in counterfeit perfume. This investigation is being conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Anandani and Rohit are alleged to have imported three shipping containers with counterfeit perfume.

03/10/2011
New York, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A business located in New York's Diamond District has agreed to forfeit $1.9 million worth of illegally imported Rolex watches and parts, and pay a $325,000 penalty for illegally importing trademarked merchandise intended for sale in another country.
06/10/2015
San Jose, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Christopher Breejen, 43, who pleaded guilty in November 2014 to one count of criminal copyright infringement, admitted importing counterfeit DVDs and selling them on eBay.
07/27/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) served court orders seizing 16 domain names of websites selling counterfeit goods over the Internet and arrested an upstate New York man for producing and selling counterfeit goods. This operation, dubbed "Shoe Clerk," is the sixth phase of "Operation in Our Sites".
10/03/2012
Philadelphia, PA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The seized products included purses, handbags, wearing apparel, wallets, sunglasses, scarves, labels, jewelry, watches and handbag locks for multiple registered trademark holders.
07/29/2015
Kansas City, MO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Arunachalam Annamalai, 48, a resident of Las Vegas, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty to charges that he participated in the software piracy conspiracy. Annamalai is the owner and operator of Vegascart LLC.
06/17/2011
Wichita Falls, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
James Clayton Baxter, 28, infringed the copyrighted works of Adobe Systems Inc. by reproducing copies of their software for his financial gain. The Wichita Falls Police Department (WFPD) had previously dealt with Baxter selling infringing software in a 2004 investigation of him for credit card abuse.
11/19/2012
Baltimore, MD
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Naveed Sheikh, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to and infringing copyrights by illegally reproducing and distributing more than 1,000 copyrighted commercial software programs, with a total value of more than $4 million.
02/28/2012
Baltimore, MD
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A federal grand jury has indicted Bodog Entertainment Group S.A., d/b/a/ Bodog.com, its owner and three operators for conducting an illegal sports gambling business and conspiring to commit money laundering, following an investigation led by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
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.
04/26/2013
Baltimore, MD
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

April 26 is the 13th Annual World Intellectual Property Day, designated to increase public awareness about the role of intellectual property rights in promoting innovation and creativity.

06/22/2012
Norfolk, VA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty Friday 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.
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.
08/08/2013
Alexandria, VA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Seven arrests have been made in a coordinated operation spanning several states, related to the unsealing of a 17-count indictment and criminal complaint involving Gallant Pharma Itnl Inc., an allegedly unlicensed company that is accused of distributing misbranded prescription drugs from its HQ in Crystal City and an office in Springfield.
02/04/2014
Cincinnati, OH
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 HSI, CBP, USPIS and state and local police departments around the country - all in partnership with the NFL and other major sports leagues.
11/30/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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“This effort highlights the global commitment to take aggressive action against online piracy,” said IPR Center Director Bruce Foucart. “The IPR Center will continue to collaborate with international law enforcement and industry to protect consumers from purchasing counterfeit goods online, which could expose sensitive financial information and present a health and safety threat.”
12/13/2016
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Sean Gerson, 48, the owner of a business called Vaccination Services in Lake Forest, was taken into custody by special agents with ICE HSI, the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations, and the EPA. Gerson is scheduled to make his initial appearance Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

09/14/2014
New York, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The 10-count indictment charges Marla Ahlgrimm, 59, of Madison, Wisconsin, and Balbir Bhogal, 67, of Las Vegas, Nevada, with importing and distributing controlled substances and misbranded drugs, trafficking in counterfeit drugs, mail and wire fraud, smuggling and money laundering.
06/22/2016
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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“Within the law-enforcement community, it is important that we come together regularly to share experiences and learn from each other; whether it’s talking about the investigative techniques that are working well, or simply shedding new light on emerging threats,” said Deputy Director Ragsdale. “Training sessions such as this also give us an opportunity to share key information and further enhance best practices.”

06/11/2019
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The IPR Center conducted 339 foreign and domestic intellectual property rights and commercial fraud training events in FY 2017, reaching 14,258 participants. Domestic training events included the IPR Center’s Counterfeit Awareness, Mitigation, Identification, and Reporting Training.

04/26/2018
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The IPR Center not only stands at the forefront of the federal government’s response to counterfeiting, but also epitomizes ICE’s commitment to dedicate resources in the fight against IP crimes,” said HSI Acting Executive Associate Director Derek Benner. “HSI special agents in collaboration with law-enforcement partners and industry representatives will continue to aggressively investigate IP theft and refer cases for prosecution.

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