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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. "
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.
04/07/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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As baseball fans welcome in another season, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is warning the public to beware of counterfeit merchandise and tickets.
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.
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).
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.
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.
05/18/2012
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.
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.
06/10/2015
Chicago, IL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Jeff Huang, 61, of Mount Prospect, Illinois, was arrested June 9 and charged with five counts of unauthorized use of a trademark, a class-one felony. He was placed on electronic monitoring during his bond hearing June 10 at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse.
11/07/2013
Alexandria, VA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Two sales representatives for Gallant Pharma International, Inc., pleaded guilty Thursday to selling misbranded and non-FDA-approved intravenous chemotherapy drugs and injectable cosmetic drugs and devices.
10/23/2012
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Despite being warned about the counterfeit Dolby trademarks, Chen and the employee re-stocked their shelves and continued to sell the same DVDs with the same counterfeit Dolby trademarks.
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.
04/26/2016
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The ICE-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), a task-force agency combining the expertise of 23 investigative organizations, is the U.S. government’s response to ensuring national security by protecting the public, the economy and the national defense supply chain that are vulnerable to the proliferation of counterfeit goods.
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.

08/26/2013
San Juan, PR
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
HSI special agents and partner law enforcement officers targeted 23 retailers of counterfeit and pirated goods at the Arecibo flea market.
07/26/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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"U.S. ICE doesn't take counterfeit drugs lightly. ""It is intellectual property theft,"" said Robert Rutt, director of the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Coordination Center. ""But these criminals aren't just stealing someone's idea. They are playing with people's lives."""
02/02/2012
Indianapolis, IN
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Speaking at an NFL news conference on Thursday, ICE Director John Morton, CBP Director of Field Operations in Chicago David Murphy and NFL Vice President for Legal Affairs Anastasia Danias announced the record-breaking results of a nationwide enforcement operation.
05/25/2016
New York, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Patrick Badal, Kaium Shah, Kenny Ni, Abul Kashem, and Parvez Shazzed face charges of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, trafficking in counterfeit packaging and smuggling goods into the United States.

03/08/2018
San Juan, PR
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

According to the indictment, defendants Carlos Enrique Velázquez-Gines, Mayra Evelise Gines-Otero, Noriam Ivette Flores-Deleon and Vanessa Marrero-Hernández marketed and sold numerous purported dietary supplements for male enhancement or weight loss in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) to American consumers.

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