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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.
06/14/2019
San Francisco, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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HSI’s preliminary numbers reflect that nearly 1600 counterfeit items were seized June 7th and June 13th during their investigative efforts. These items included but were not limited to t-shirts, hats, jerseys, cell phones cases, cell phone ‘pop sockets’, event passes, and tickets.

11/02/2012
Norfolk, VA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Lambert and Lovelady each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement.
06/28/2012
Baltimore, MD
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Naveed Sheikh, 30, was charged in a four count superseding indictment alleging that from February 2004 to June 2008, Sheikh conspired to infringe copyrights. If convicted, Sheikh faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the conspiracy and for each of three counts of copyright infringement. Sheikh is detained. No court appearance has been scheduled.

06/22/2016
Sacramento, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Tuesday’s enforcement actions were carried out by more than 50 special agents and investigators from ICE HSI; the California Department of Public Health’s Food and Drug Branch; the California Franchise Tax Board; and the California Department of Justice eCrime Unit.

03/13/2014
Detroit, MI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
As Detroit Tigers fans prepare for the March 31 home opener, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) warned the public Thursday to beware of counterfeit merchandise and tickets.
09/11/2012
Buffalo, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Xiao Cheng Lin, 50, and his wife, Ling Zhen Hu, 51, both of New York, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiring to import misclassified merchandise. Hu, a native of China, worked for an individual who imported thousands of pairs of sneakers from China that bore the Nike "swoosh" logo and Nike labeling, but were not genuine Nike sneakers.
03/07/2014
Boston, MA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Josue Rivera, 38, pleaded guilty to trafficking in counterfeit and unauthorized goods. As part of his plea agreement, Rivera paid $29,000 in restitution and forfeited two bank accounts worth approximately $79,000.

01/23/2013
Little Rock, AR
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized more than $100,000 of counterfeit cosmetics, designer handbags and electronics after executing a search warrant at a Conway home Jan. 16.
04/04/2013
Irvine, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Pair arrested overnight after search of Orange County home
10/14/2014
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Didier De Nier, 64, who lived in Simi Valley until he fled the U.S. nearly two years ago, was found guilty in April by a federal jury of five counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
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.

02/08/2013
Rapid City, SD
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Nir Giist pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to trafficking in counterfeit goods.
01/28/2015
Phoenix, AZ
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Speaking at a NFL news conference, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah R. Saldaña, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Director of Field Operations William K. Brooks, and NFL Counsel Dolores F. DiBella discussed the results of the initiative, dubbed “Operation Team Player.”
09/06/2013
Midland, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Raja Zafar Iqbal, 41, and his brother, Javed Iqbal Raja, 50, both naturalized U.S. citizens from Pakistan, and Muhammad Asif Raza, 33, a citizen and national of Pakistan, are charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods or services.
10/25/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Stephanie A. McCloskey, 39, pleaded guilty in November 2010 to a federal charge of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and to commit mail fraud, and she subsequently cooperated with authorities.
10/12/2018
Providence, RI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The leaders of the counterfeit scheme, Stephen Russell and Robert Brown, both of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, were convicted in February and March of this year of trafficking in counterfeit goods charges in Rhode Island federal court; final sentencing in the case is set for January 2019.

08/28/2015
Westminster, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Rateb Said Najjar, 60, and his son, Eyad Rateb Najjar, 36, both of Westminster, pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit trademark counterfeiting; one felony count of trademark counterfeiting; one felony count of conspiracy to commit money laundering; one felony count of money laundering; and sentencing enhancements given the value of the goods involved.
05/22/2011
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The owner and manager of a popular Monterey Park, Calif., video store were arrested Monday morning by agents with U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) on allegations they illegally imported and sold tens of thousands of Chinese movie DVDs bearing a counterfeit Dolby Digital trademark.
01/27/2011
Honolulu, HI
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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With the Pro Bowl kickoff fast approaching, special agents with U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) here in the host city seized more than 135 items of counterfeit NFL apparel Wednesday in an operation targeting vendors at two popular Honolulu-area swap meets, including one based at the stadium where Sunday's game will be played.
03/09/2012
Tampa, FL
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Jin Zheng, the co-owner and operator of the Asia Gift Shop in Tampa, was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for trafficking in counterfeit goods, following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
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.
08/19/2019
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) is reviewing an annual report on the number of IPR seizures that have raised the total estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of the seized goods – had they been genuine – to $1.4 billion.

12/10/2012
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Stanley Kuo Jua Yang, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner, who remanded Yang into custody at the conclusion of Monday's sentencing hearing.
07/12/2012
Kansas City, MO
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) and officers from other law enforcement agencies seized more than $540,000 in counterfeit Major League Baseball (MLB) merchandise during a two-week operation ending with Tuesday night's MLB All-Star Game.

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