ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 https://www.ice.gov/ ICE Headline News Feed by Category en Copyright 2020 Mon, 01 Mar 2021 16:25:11 -0500 HSI, FBI, CBP seize more than 460,000 counterfeit N-95 masks en route to first responders https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-fbi-cbp-seize-more-460000-counterfeit-n-95-masks-en-route-first-responders More than 460,000 counterfeit 3M N95 surgical masks destined to be used by first responders in the Puget Sound region were seized Wednesday by HSI's BEST, U.S. CBP and the FBI. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-fbi-cbp-seize-more-460000-counterfeit-n-95-masks-en-route-first-responders Thu, 02/25/2021 - 10:20 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 ICE HSI El Paso, CBP seize more than $100,000 in counterfeit NFL, other sports-related merchandise https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-el-paso-cbp-seize-more-100000-counterfeit-nfl-other-sports-related HSI special agents and CBP officers conducted joint enforcement operations from Jan. 22 through Feb. 5 and seized counterfeit merchandise in various locations in El Paso County, including an Eastside parking lot, a Lower Valley business, and a Horizon City residence. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-el-paso-cbp-seize-more-100000-counterfeit-nfl-other-sports-related Wed, 02/10/2021 - 15:09 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 ICE HSI, NFL partner to prevent fake sports-related merchandise from reaching fans ahead of big game https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-nfl-partner-prevent-fake-sports-related-merchandise-reaching-fans-ahead-big HSI announced Wednesday, the seizure of more than 169,000 counterfeit sports-related items over the past year, worth an estimated $45 million. This announcement was made during a joint press conference in Tampa with the National Football League (NFL), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Tampa Police Department (TPD). https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-nfl-partner-prevent-fake-sports-related-merchandise-reaching-fans-ahead-big Wed, 02/03/2021 - 18:06 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 Ensuring public safety tops HSI’s mission at Super Bowl LV https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ensuring-public-safety-tops-hsis-mission-super-bowl-lv Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) will join federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to provide essential public safety efforts in and around the Tampa Bay area for Super Bowl LV. HSI personnel will be on the front lines of the interagency effort to mitigate the threat posed by criminal organizations seeking to exploit and profit from criminal activity through the identification and seizure of counterfeit goods and enhanced efforts to combat human trafficking. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ensuring-public-safety-tops-hsis-mission-super-bowl-lv Fri, 01/29/2021 - 17:59 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 Ahead of NFL Conference Championship games – ICE, CBP seize NFL, NBA and MLB counterfeit championship rings https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ahead-nfl-conference-championship-games-ice-cbp-seize-nfl-nba-and-mlb-counterfeit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Orlando seized 284 counterfeit “sports championship rings” from “Friendly Confines Collectibles,” a sports memorabilia store located in Oviedo, Florida, Jan. 14, 2021. The HSI investigation was supported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ahead-nfl-conference-championship-games-ice-cbp-seize-nfl-nba-and-mlb-counterfeit Tue, 01/19/2021 - 09:54 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 HSI-led National IPR Center, International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition join forces to stop counterfeits goods around the world https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-led-national-ipr-center-international-anticounterfeiting-coalition-join-forces The IPR Center’s partnership with IACC provides a framework to enhance investigative efforts into intellectual property crime through joint events, law enforcement training, community outreach and information sharing. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-led-national-ipr-center-international-anticounterfeiting-coalition-join-forces Tue, 01/12/2021 - 13:56 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 ICE investigation led to seizure of 2 fraudulent websites purporting to be biotechnology companies developing treatments for COVID-19 vaccine https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-investigation-led-seizure-2-fraudulent-websites-purporting-be-biotechnology "This operation illustrates the ongoing efforts of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, private industry and international law enforcement agencies in keeping our communities safe and free from corruption." https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-investigation-led-seizure-2-fraudulent-websites-purporting-be-biotechnology Fri, 12/18/2020 - 16:51 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 ICE, CBP and LAPD seize counterfeit Viagra pills, footwear, belts, car emblems and headphones worth more than $32 million at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-cbp-and-lapd-seize-counterfeit-viagra-pills-footwear-belts-car-emblems-and The counterfeit items included more than one million erectile dysfunction pills, footwear, belts, purses and headphones in violation of registered and recorded trademarks. If genuine, the seized merchandise would have had an estimated MSRP of $32,161,194.00. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-cbp-and-lapd-seize-counterfeit-viagra-pills-footwear-belts-car-emblems-and Thu, 12/17/2020 - 16:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 ICE pivots to combat COVID-19 vaccine fraud with launch of Operation Stolen Promise 2.0 https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-pivots-combat-covid-19-vaccine-fraud-launch-operation-stolen-promise-20 Despite widespread illness and death caused by COVID-19, many individuals and criminal networks are continuing to exploit the pandemic for illegal financial gains, using fraudulent schemes to source, produce, export or sell fake vaccines and related products, according to investigators. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-pivots-combat-covid-19-vaccine-fraud-launch-operation-stolen-promise-20 Mon, 11/30/2020 - 15:08 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 ICE HSI investigation seizes $16.7 million in counterfeit drugs, products https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-seizes-167-million-counterfeit-drugs-products This year’s operation nearly doubled the HSI New Orleans 2019 totals, which resulted in 33,000 items seized, valued at $8 million. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-seizes-167-million-counterfeit-drugs-products Tue, 11/24/2020 - 13:06 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 IPR Center, Amazon launch ‘Operation Fulfilled Action’ to stop counterfeits https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ipr-center-amazon-launch-operation-fulfilled-action-stop-counterfeits The IPR Center and Amazon today announced the launch of a joint operation to prevent counterfeit goods from entering the U.S. and help protect American consumers. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ipr-center-amazon-launch-operation-fulfilled-action-stop-counterfeits Tue, 11/24/2020 - 12:02 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 IPR Center announces recipients of 2020 Partnership Awards for combating intellectual property, trade fraud crimes at inaugural awards ceremony https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ipr-center-announces-recipients-2020-partnership-awards-combating-intellectual Awards were presented to 32 organizations, including private sector companies, academic institutions and advocacy organizations, in seven categories: Operation Stolen Promise, E-Commerce Working Group, Sustained Partnerships, Evolving Partnerships, Operational Support, Trade Fraud Enforcement, and Counter-Proliferation Enforcement. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ipr-center-announces-recipients-2020-partnership-awards-combating-intellectual Thu, 11/19/2020 - 10:08 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 ICE helps Brazilian law enforcement seize digital piracy sites, apps alleged to have caused millions of dollars in losses to US media companies https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-helps-brazilian-law-enforcement-seize-digital-piracy-sites-apps-alleged-have In addition to the cooperative takedown of over 250 piracy sites during Operation 404, Brazilian authorities made five arrests and seized 11 vehicles and one firearm, as well as bulk cash. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-helps-brazilian-law-enforcement-seize-digital-piracy-sites-apps-alleged-have Thu, 11/05/2020 - 16:20 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 IPR Center, National Crime Prevention Council launch nationwide campaign to raise awareness on illicit vapor products https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ipr-center-national-crime-prevention-council-launch-nationwide-campaign-raise The awareness campaign will educate the public on the consequences of counterfeit and other black-market vapor products and provide tools and resources to report illegal sales to law enforcement. The campaign will include social media, digital resources, and a toolkit to help inform adult consumers about the additional risks associated with suspect vapor products. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ipr-center-national-crime-prevention-council-launch-nationwide-campaign-raise Wed, 10/21/2020 - 17:26 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 ICE investigation leads to the arrest of 2 members of notorious "Team Xecuter" videogame piracy group https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-investigation-leads-arrest-2-members-notorious-team-xecuter-videogame-piracy Max Louarn, 48, a French national of Avignon, France, Yuanning Chen, 35, a Chinese national of Shenzhen, China, and Gary Bowser, 51, a Canadian national of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, were charged in a federal indictment unsealed today. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-investigation-leads-arrest-2-members-notorious-team-xecuter-videogame-piracy Fri, 10/02/2020 - 15:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 Motion Picture Association signs up to assist the IPR Center with anti-piracy efforts https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/motion-picture-association-signs-assist-ipr-center-anti-piracy-efforts The IPR Center, the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) as well as CTAM, the industry marketing organization, today announced a multi-layered partnership designed to strengthen innovation and collaboration within the organizations’ collective content protection efforts. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/motion-picture-association-signs-assist-ipr-center-anti-piracy-efforts Wed, 09/16/2020 - 10:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 IPR Center, Michigan State University partner on anti-counterfeiting efforts https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ipr-center-michigan-state-university-partner-anti-counterfeiting-efforts The MOU focuses on vital areas of intellectual property, brand protection and anti-counterfeiting strategies, which have become extremely important in the current global economy. The agreement will also facilitate knowledge transfer between the center and university to share mutually beneficial information, research and technology that will advance intellectual property enforcement. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ipr-center-michigan-state-university-partner-anti-counterfeiting-efforts Fri, 08/28/2020 - 10:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 ICE Homeland Security Investigations nabs smuggled counterfeit goods https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-homeland-security-investigations-nabs-smuggled-counterfeit-goods On July 15, 2020, Hang “Henry” Chen, an employee of CBK, CBK International, and Silicon Electronics, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James Donato to four months incarceration with three-years supervised release, a $75,000 fine, and restitution up to $137,000. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-homeland-security-investigations-nabs-smuggled-counterfeit-goods Mon, 08/17/2020 - 11:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 ICE HSI warns public to remain vigilant about COVID fraud https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-warns-public-remain-vigilant-about-covid-fraud HSI launched Operation Stolen Promise in April 2020 to protect the Homeland from the increasing and evolving threat posed by COVID-19-related fraud and criminal activity. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-warns-public-remain-vigilant-about-covid-fraud Tue, 07/28/2020 - 11:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 Centric Parts to pay $8 million to resolve allegations of failing to pay the US millions of dollars in import duties on brake pads https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/centric-parts-pay-8-million-resolve-allegations-failing-pay-us-millions-dollars CWD, LLC, which operates under the name Centric Parts, a Delaware corporation headquartered in Carson, and its affiliates have agreed to pay $8 million to the United States to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act and the Tariff Act of 1930 by knowingly underpaying customs duties owed to the United States on imported brake pads. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/centric-parts-pay-8-million-resolve-allegations-failing-pay-us-millions-dollars Wed, 07/22/2020 - 18:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 2 Ukrainian nationals plead guilty to smuggling counterfeit cancer, hepatitis drugs https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-ukrainian-nationals-plead-guilty-smuggling-counterfeit-cancer-hepatitis-drugs Ukrainian nationals Maksym Nienadov, 36, and Volodymyr Nikolaienko, 33, pleaded guilty July 17 in the Southern District of Texas to conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit drugs and smuggling goods into the United States. Nienadov also admitted to introducing misbranded medicine into the U.S. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-ukrainian-nationals-plead-guilty-smuggling-counterfeit-cancer-hepatitis-drugs Mon, 07/20/2020 - 13:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 HSI partners with Pfizer, 3M, Citi, Alibaba, Amazon, Merck to protect consumers against COVID-19-related fraud https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-partners-pfizer-3m-citi-alibaba-amazon-merck-protect-consumers-against-covid-19 Since the start of the pandemic, HSI and other law enforcement agencies have seen a significant increase in criminals attempting to capitalize and profit from the fear and anxiety surrounding the virus, including the sale of counterfeit pharmaceuticals and medical equipment and illicit online sales and trade importation violations of products claiming to be treatment options. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-partners-pfizer-3m-citi-alibaba-amazon-merck-protect-consumers-against-covid-19 Tue, 05/05/2020 - 13:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 British man charged with shipping mislabeled and unapproved 'treatments' for patients suffering from COVID-19 https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/british-man-charged-shipping-mislabeled-and-unapproved-treatments-patients-suffering Frank Richard Ludlow, 59, of West Sussex, United Kingdom, was charged with one count of introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce, a felony offense that carries a statutory maximum sentence of three years in federal prison. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/british-man-charged-shipping-mislabeled-and-unapproved-treatments-patients-suffering Wed, 04/01/2020 - 09:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 ICE HSI agents seize more than $2.5M of fake sports merchandise, tickets during NBA All-Star week https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-agents-seize-more-25m-fake-sports-merchandise-tickets-during-nba-all-star ICE's HSI special agents seized nearly 127,000 counterfeit items, retailing at more than $2.5 million dollars, during a six-day enforcement action leading up to the NBA All-Star Game. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-agents-seize-more-25m-fake-sports-merchandise-tickets-during-nba-all-star Tue, 02/25/2020 - 15:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19 ICE HSI Orlando supports NFL Pro Bowl law enforcement efforts https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-orlando-supports-nfl-pro-bowl-law-enforcement-efforts 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-orlando-supports-nfl-pro-bowl-law-enforcement-efforts Tue, 02/04/2020 - 17:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud, COVID-19