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Missouri flea market owner convicted of trafficking counterfeit goods

Jack Frison Sr., 65, of Frontenac, Missouri, was convicted on one felony count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, one felony count of aiding and abetting copyright infringement, and one felony count of aiding and abetting trafficking counterfeit goods.

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A pharmacist and pharmacologist are charged with smuggling counterfeit pharmaceuticals following an HSI investigation

The 10-count indictment charges Marla Ahlgrimm, 59, of Madison, Wisconsin, and Balbir Bhogal, 67, of Las Vegas, Nevada, with importing and distributing controlled substances and misbranded drugs, trafficking in counterfeit drugs, mail and wire fraud, smuggling and money laundering.

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HSI caution fans about counterfeit tickets, merchandise ahead of home opener

Counterfeit jerseys, headwear, T-shirts, and other souvenir items are among the counterfeit merchandise typically sold at and around these events. Large sporting events are prime targets for counterfeiters, many of whom travel the country with the sole intention of scamming sports fans.

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Two Chinese citizens charged with trafficking counterfeit cellphone cases

Zexiong Chen, 28, and Haotian Chen, 26, who are unrelated, were charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods. It is alleged that in February 2013, the defendants incorporated Max Wireless Group, Inc. as a vehicle for importing and reselling cellphone cases, many of which were counterfeit.

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Connecticut man sentenced for making and selling bootlegged DVDs and CDs

John W. Rice, 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. Rice was sentenced for producing and selling thousands of pirated CDs and DVDs.

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Fresno man sentenced for selling counterfeit movie DVDs and music CDs

According to court documents, Jose Antonio Hernandez, 42, pleaded guilty May 19 to multiple federal courts related to copyright infringement and trafficking in counterfeit labels. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California.

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HSI seizes more than $500,000 worth of counterfeit goods at flea market

All told, the enforcement actions resulted in the seizure of thousands of individual items bearing the names of more than 20 designer brands, including UGG boots, Michael Kors purses, Beats by Dre headphones, Otterbox and LifeProof cell phone cases and NFL jerseys.

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Chicago man sentenced in Houston to more than 3 years in federal prison for trafficking counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs into the US

Fayez Al-Jabri, 45, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nancy F. Atlas. In addition to his prison term, Al-Jabri will serve three years of supervised release and must pay $15,066.92 in restitution.

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Online seller of fake Cisco cables to serve prison time, forfeit more than $700,000

ConnectZone.com, LLC, of Lynnwood, was sentenced to five years' organizational probation. Its owner, Daniel Oberholtzer, will serve 37 months in federal prison and was ordered to pay a $20,000 fine.

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Online seller of fake Cisco cables to serve prison time, forfeit more than $700,000

ConnectZone.com, LLC, of Lynnwood, was sentenced to five years' organizational probation. Its owner, Daniel Oberholtzer, will serve 37 months in federal prison and was ordered to pay a $20,000 fine.

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Member of $300 million counterfeit conspiracy sentenced to federal prison

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.

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Rhode Island resident sentenced to 50 months in federal prison for trafficking counterfeit goods

Norman Cipriano, 41, of Warwick, was sentenced for trafficking more than 14,500 counterfeit sports jerseys, clothing accessories and health and beauty products valued at more than $1 million.

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Southern California store owner arrested for selling counterfeit merchandise

Following the execution of a state search warrant at his 'Get In Tha Game' store, Gregory Williamson, 50, was taken into custody by special agents with ICE's HSI and investigators from the SBDA's Consumer and Environmental Protection Unit and the DOJ Office of the Inspector General.

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U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Congressman Gregory Meeks Highlight JFK International Airport as Hub for International Trade, Get Close Up Look at Efforts to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

New York, NY – U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Rep. Gregory Meeks (NY-5) today toured facilities at John F. Kennedy International Airport that serve to keep trade safe and help combat illegal trafficking in wildlife. At the event, Ambassador Froman and Congressman Meeks emphasized the benefits of President Obama’s trade agenda and highlighted the role that JFK International Airport plays in exporting Made-in-America goods while supporting high quality, local jobs.

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Member of largest counterfeit goods conspiracy in history sentenced

Ming Zheng, aka Uncle Mi, 48, of New York, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas to conspiracy to launder money.

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New York man charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods

Xian Chen Chen, 37, was charged in a nine-count with trafficking in counterfeit goods. According to court documents, on November 13, 2013, Chen attempted to traffic goods containing counterfeit marks.

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Pennsylvania man charged with pirating movies and TV shows

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.

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Fresno men plead guilty to conspiring to sell counterfeit DVDs and CDs

Jose Antonio Hernandez, 41, and Genaro Vela-Rodriguez, 28, pleaded guilty Monday before Senior U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii to one count each of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and traffic in counterfeit labels and counterfeit documentation and packaging.

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HSI seizes counterfeit items worth over $30 million from Massachusetts flea markets

42 individuals were arrested and 13 vehicles were seized within the Don Flea Market and the Lawrence Flea Market & Auction House.

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Houston man pleads guilty to smuggling and trafficking counterfeit pharmaceuticals

Nasif Baqla, 26, of Houston, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nancy F. Atlas in the Southern District of Texas to one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, to introducing misbranded prescription drugs into interstate commerce, and to importing such goods contrary to U.S. law.

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Virginia man sentenced for trafficking in counterfeit sports apparel

As part of his sentence, George E. Hall, 46, must also pay approximately $64,000 in restitution.

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2 Southern California men sent to prison for illegal counterfeit goods imports

Kevin 'Peter' Wang, 54, coordinated the illegal importation of 11 shipping containers of counterfeit apparel, according to court documents. From 2008 to 2012, the counterfeit goods were smuggled in shipping containers through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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Skin care clinic physician, office manager convicted for illegally importing non-FDA approved chemotherapy, cosmetic drugs to US

Anoushirvan Sarraf, 48, of Rockville, was also found guilty of illegal importing, receiving and delivering non-FDA approved drugs and devices, and engaging in the unlicensed wholesale distribution of prescription drugs.

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Pakistani man residing in Houston sentenced to more than 2 years for trafficking counterfeit drugs

Mohammad Jamal Rashid, 45, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David Hittner to 27 months in federal prison for both counts of the conviction. Rashid pleaded guilty Jan. 10 to illegally importing and trafficking in counterfeit and misbranded drugs, and receiving and delivering misbranded drugs.

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South Texas business owner sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for selling counterfeit merchandise

Yi Hui Chen, 47, a merchant in downtown Laredo, pleaded guilty to the counterfeiting charges May 16, 2013. U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo accepted Chen's guilty plea and sentenced him to 18 months in federal prison.

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USTR Removes Italy from the Special 301 Watch List

Washington, DC. – The Office of the United States Trade Representative announced today that it removes Italy from the Special 301 Watch List. 

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USTR Releases Annual Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights

Washington, D.C. – The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released its annual “Special 301” Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR).  Significant elements of the 2014 Special 301 Report include the following:

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IPR Center celebrates World IP Day with outreach events

The event included a panel to discuss public-private partnerships in IP theft enforcement and featured discussions with IPR Center Director Lev Kubiak, National Football League Senior Vice President and Chief Litigation Officer Anastasia Danias, and Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General Miriam Vogel.

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