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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.
02/13/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The operation, which began in June, netted 397,140 items including fake jerseys, ball caps, T-shirts, jackets and other souvenirs. The items had a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of more than $37.8 million – more than the previous six Super Bowl enforcement efforts combined.
04/24/2012
St. Louis, MO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Benny Carmi and Moshe Dahan pleaded guilty Monday and were sentenced for smuggling counterfeit and misbranded pharmaceuticals into the United States, including the erectile dysfunction drug marketed in the United States as Cialis (R).
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.
02/12/2016
Denver, CO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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All the counterfeit items were seized in Denver’s Civic Center Park area Feb. 9 from 15 vendors; no arrests were made. The seizures consisted of T-shirts, jerseys and beanies with Broncos trademarks as well as Super Bowl 50 trademarks.
01/24/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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In an effort to bolster international partnerships and information sharing on intellectual property crime, the European Police Office (Europol) joined the ICE Homeland Security Investigations-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) to become the center's 20th partner agency.
01/03/2013
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

"Jeramiah B. Perkins, the leader of the Internet piracy group ""IMAGiNE,"" was sentenced today to 60 months in prison following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Washington, D.C."

10/28/2019
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

During the first two games of the 2019 World Series, HSI encountered an increase in the sale of counterfeit tickets.

07/19/2012
Seattle, WA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Sang Jin Kim pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of criminal copyright infringement following an intellectual property rights probe by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
03/02/2016
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The international collaboration was part of Operation Team Player, an ongoing effort targeting the illegal importation of counterfeit sports-related merchandise, which culminated last month in San Francisco, California, ahead of Super Bowl 50.
10/10/2012
Seattle, WA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A 37-year-old South Korean national who formerly lived in Everett, Sang Jin Kim, was sentenced Friday to 40 months in federal prison for two counts of criminal copyright infringement following an intellectual property rights probe by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
10/28/2013
Springfield, MO
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
A southwestern Missouri man, Matthew Cerullo, pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to multiple charges related to a scheme to sell thousands of counterfeit DVDs via the Internet.
12/19/2019
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Zoulin Cai, a.k.a. “Allen Cai,” 28, of La Puente, was arrested at his residence this morning on a federal grand jury indictment unsealed today. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment this afternoon in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles.

09/16/2011
Arlington, VA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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To date, 142 domain names have been seized by the IPR Center, 82 of which have been forfeited for intellectual property right infringement.
05/12/2014
Lynchburg, VA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
An Altavista man, who previously pleaded guilty to charges related to trafficking in counterfeit sports apparel, was sentenced Tuesday to five months in prison, followed by five months of home confinement. The sentence resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington. As part of his sentence, George E. Hall, 46, must also pay approximately $64,000 in restitution.
06/28/2017
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

The criminal complaint alleges that Carolina Aguilar Rodriguez, 47, aka “Doctora” sold the counterfeit Diprospan to undercover federal agents on at least five occasions. According to the charges, Rodriguez was not licensed to dispense prescription medications in Texas, and Naturavida was not licensed as a Texas pharmacy.

06/13/2013
Buffalo, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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"Ryan Breen pleaded guilty Wednesday to trafficking in counterfeit goods involving the sale of unauthorized merchandise from the popular FX Network television series ""Sons of Anarchy."" The plea follows an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). "
04/16/2015
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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In a collaborative effort between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the two agencies hosted Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement training in Kuwait the week of March 22.

04/09/2012
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Collier Bennett Harper is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court Monday morning following his arrest by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for importing more than 1,000 counterfeit Microsoft Office CD-ROMs and selling them to unsuspecting customers over the Internet.
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.

02/04/2020
Orlando, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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HSI Orlando special agents also worked with the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation organized crime section on human trafficking enforcement activities and outreach, as part of January’s Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

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.
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.

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.

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