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December 7, 2023
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The items ranged from clothing and sneakers to electronics produced without authorization from U.S. trademark holders, as well as those that did not adhere to U.S. consumer safety standards.
November 21, 2023
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
On Nov. 21, in advance of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, HSI and CBP cautioned the public about the real dangers of purchasing goods that may be counterfeit, restricted or prohibited.
October 30, 2023
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
In 2022, authorities seized more than 180,000 counterfeit sports-related items worth an estimated $22.7 million through Operation Team Player, a collaborative public-private sector operation targeting international shipments of counterfeit merchandise into the United States with brand owners and e-commerce marketplaces.
March 27, 2023
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
High-profile sporting events like the Final Four often attract counterfeiters who prey on increased public demand to illegally sell counterfeit merchandise and tickets to celebrating fans who let down their guards.
February 9, 2023
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark sentenced Tabitha Nicole Rodgers, 43, and her husband, Clint Travis Rodgers, 49, in separate appearances. Tabitha Rodgers was sentenced to four years in federal prison without parole. Clint Rodgers was sentenced to one year in federal prison without parole.
February 8, 2023
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) announced the seizure of approximately 180,000 counterfeit sports-related items, worth an estimated $22.7 million during a joint press conference with the National Football League (NFL).
February 6, 2023
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
As the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles gear up for the big game, HSI and its partners are in the final stages of implementing plans to ensure Super Bowl LVII is a safe and secure event. For HSI Arizona, these preparations started over a year ago, when the office first began working alongside its government partners and the NFL to support operations and counterfeit merchandise investigations.
December 22, 2022
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
HSI Panama, in coordination with the local TCIU, in addition to HSI Operation Expanded Impact Costa Rica and the Government of Costa Rica, executed 20 arrest warrants and 23 search warrants that resulted in the arrest of 19 individuals, the seizure of several vehicles, and the rescue of 77 migrants, Dec. 13. The individuals rescued were from various countries enroute to the United States, including nationals from Colombia, Ecuador, India, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela. The arrests included six employees of the migration service for Panama.
December 20, 2022
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) announced a new partnership between Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Pharmaceutical Security Institute (PSI) to combat illicit pharmaceutical trade and protect patients from the health and safety threats posed by counterfeit medications, Dec. 19.
December 19, 2022
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Special agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore Field Office seized 23 separate internet domains Friday for allegedly live streaming World Cup matches, an infringement of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) copyrights. Individuals visiting the sites will now see a message that the site has been seized by the federal government and be redirected to another site for additional information.
December 12, 2022
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The investigation into the seizures began in September 2022, when HSI received information from a representative of FIFA identifying several sites being used to distribute copyright infringing content, specifically World Cup games, without FIFA’s authorization.
November 8, 2022
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
For more than two decades, the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), working collaboratively with industry and brand owners, has led the effort in the government's response to prevent intellectual property theft, and has played a significant role policing the sale and distribution of counterfeit goods on websites, social media, and eCommerce marketplaces.
October 28, 2022
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
MLB has a comprehensive anti-counterfeiting program, including official MLB holograms affixed to all officially licensed MLB products to protect fans looking to purchase genuine MLB merchandise. Counterfeiters target major events, such as the World Series, where fans are eager to take home memorable keepsakes.
October 19, 2022
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
HSI San Diego is cautioning fans to beware of individuals and businesses selling counterfeit merchandise or tickets during 2022 MLB NLCS in San Diego. The city of San Diego is host to games one and two of the series and would host a potential game six or seven if they are needed.
October 19, 2022
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
HSI Houston and the HPD are cautioning fans to beware of individuals and businesses selling counterfeit merchandise or tickets during 2022 MLB ALCS games in Houston. The city of Houston is scheduled to host games one and two of the series beginning today and would host a potential game six or seven if they are needed.
September 14, 2022
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
HSI’s wildlife trafficking initiative focuses on investigations regarding the illegal trade of protected, endangered, and non-native species. The Endangered Species Act of 1973 makes it unlawful for any person subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to import or export certain species into or from the United States or to possess, sell, deliver, carry, transport, or ship any species in interstate or foreign commerce.
August 12, 2022
|Employee Spotlight
“I am extremely honored to be selected to return to HSI Detroit and to have the opportunity to serve on their exceptionally strong team of local, state and federal law enforcement partners in the Detroit area of operations,” said Salazar.
July 22, 2022
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The operation, which was conducted during the week leading up a Premier League preseason soccer match July 20 at NRG Park, is part of a nationwide effort called “Operation Team Player”. The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) and the Premier League aided during the operation.
July 22, 2022
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
For the 14th year in a row, the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) joined 94 Interpol member countries in a coordinated crackdown on illicit online pharmacies dubbed “Operation Pangea XV,” June 23-30. The operation netted more than 7,800 seizures of illicit and falsified medicines, totaling more than three million individual units at $11 million.
July 21, 2022
|Financial Crimes
Alejandro Amaro, HSI acting special agent in charge, presented the poster-sized checks to Maverick and Dimmit County Sheriffs’ Departments.
July 18, 2022
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Counterfeiters routinely target major sporting venues and other entertainment events such as the Premier League soccer match to illegally sell counterfeit apparel, merchandise, and tickets.
July 18, 2022
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
The operation, dubbed “Operation Games STOP” (Strategic Trafficking Operation), targeted human exploitation-related offenses, drug trafficking, and other public safety threats in the lead up to The World Games hosted in the Birmingham metro area.
June 17, 2022
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Large sporting events, such as the Stanley Cup Playoffs, are prime targets for bad actors who are extremely savvy and often set up fake websites or e-commerce marketplaces with the sole intent of scamming sports fans.
June 3, 2022
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Federal authorities crack down on the illegal importation and sale of counterfeit sports apparel and entertainment products through Operation Team Player, a year-round effort developed by the IPR Center.
May 6, 2022
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The IPR Center, working collaboratively with its public and private sector partners, stands at the forefront of the United States government's response to combatting global intellectual property theft and enforcing intellectual property rights violations.
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