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Houston woman sentenced to a year in prison for selling counterfeit batteries

Graciella Balderrama-Acevedo, 53, was sentenced to 12 months and a day in federal prison and $90,000 in restitution to Samsung. Balderrama is a Mexican citizen and is expected to face deportation proceedings following her release from prison.

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ICE, CBP hosts intellectual property rights training in Kuwait

In a collaborative effort between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the two agencies hosted Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement training in Kuwait the week of March 22. It was the first training of its kind held in Kuwait in 10 years.

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Halifax man arrested in movie leaks investigation

The City of London’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) unit arrested the 26-year-old at his workplace in Leeds yesterday morning before taking him to a local police station for questioning.

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ICE warns MLB fans about fake tickets, merchandise

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.

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ICE, CLC warn fans about fake tickets, merchandise ahead of NCAA March Madness games

Fake jerseys, ball caps, t-shirts, jackets and other souvenirs are among the counterfeit merchandise and clothing typically sold at and around these events. Additionally, authorities have seen an increase in the sale of counterfeit tickets being sold to events like these. Large sporting events are prime targets for counterfeiters, many of whom travel the country with the sole intention of...

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ICE formalizes partnership with City of London Police to focus on intellectual property crime

Over the past decade, the two agencies have worked together on several major multimillion dollar fraud investigations, leading to a number of high profile convictions. The launch of the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit in September 2013 brought a new dimension to this partnership, with a shared focus on tackling intellectual property crime.

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Houston-area man sentenced to almost 6 years in prison for counterfeiting luxury goods

Han Woon Liew, 46, of Sugar Land, Texas, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Lynn C. Hughes; to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. He was further ordered to pay $2.6 million in restitution. Liew pleaded guilty to the charges Nov. 18, 2014.

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Chicago-area chiropractor charged with illegally selling steroids

Gregory Zimmerman, 43, of Oswego, Illinois, was charged with possessing with intent to distribute a controlled substance in a criminal complaint that was filed Feb. 4 in federal court and unsealed Tuesday. Zimmerman, a licensed chiropractor, self-surrendered to authorities Feb. 9 and was released on a $25,000 bond.

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Missouri flea market owner sentenced to 2 years in federal prison following his conviction for selling counterfeit goods

Jack Frison Sr., of Frontenac, Missouri, and the owner of the Frison Flea Market, was sentenced following his Sept. 14, 2014 conviction for: one felony count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, one felony count of aiding and abetting felony copyright infringement, and one felony count of aiding and abetting trafficking counterfeit goods.

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Federal agencies seize more than $19.5 million in fake NFL merchandise during 'Operation Team Player'

PHOENIX — Federal officials teamed with the National Football League (NFL) Thursday to announce the results of a nationwide law enforcement effort aimed at combatting counterfeit sports merchandise.

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ICE, CBP in Houston seize illegally imported honey valued at $2.45 million

The seized illicit honey that was abandoned or forfeited totals 660 barrels weighing 203,280 kilograms (448,156 lbs.). The containers’ shipping documents indicated the bulk honey originated in Latvia.

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HSI, CBP in Houston seize illegally imported honey valued at $2.45 million

The seized illicit honey that was abandoned or forfeited totals 660 barrels weighing 203,280 kilograms (448,156 lbs.). The containers’ shipping documents indicated the bulk honey originated in Latvia.

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Feds, locals team up to combat counterfeit goods sales in advance of Super Bowl

With the clock ticking down to the Super Bowl kickoff, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), together with the Phoenix Glendale police departments issued a warning to vendors hoping to cash in on the event by selling counterfeit merchandise – “buyer beware.”

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2 men to be arraigned for selling millions’ worth of counterfeit electronics, including phony iPhones and iPads

Rateb Said Najjar, 60, and his son, Eyad Rateb Najjar, 36, both of Westminster, are each charged with 134 felony counts of money laundering; six felony counts of manufacturing and sale of a counterfeit mark; two felony counts of conspiracy to commit a crime with sentencing enhancements for property damage over $1.3 million; and money laundering in excess of $2.5 million.

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Counterfeit DVD movie distributor sentenced to federal prison

Yakov Meir Chazanow, 41, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi to serve 21 months in prison for conspiring to commit criminal copyright infringement, manufacturing counterfeit goods and to trafficking in goods bearing counterfeit Dolby trademarks and counterfeit labels.

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Counterfeit smuggler pleads guilty after HSI investigation

John F. Crawford IV, 48, trafficked in various counterfeit National Football League, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball logo apparel. In October 2012, HSI Pittsburgh was tipped off that Crawford’s gift shop in Breezewood, Pennsylvania, was selling counterfeit Pittsburgh Steelers trademarked merchandise, including the NFL team jerseys.

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Operation Team Player nets more than $25,000 worth of fake goods

The operation, dubbed Operation Team Player, resulted in seizures of jerseys, hats, t-shirts and posters. Although most of the seized items were fake NHL merchandise, agents also seized other counterfeit items bearing the trademarks of professional sports teams. The seizures were part of a crackdown on IPR violators leading up to the NHL Winter Classic. Operation Team Player is an effort by the...

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ICE, CBP seize hazardous Chinese toys for sale in Puerto Rico

Nine stores and a warehouse owned by Farmacias Caridad were the subject of a seizure order executed Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for importing hazardous toys from China for sale in Puerto Rico. The investigation was led by HSI in conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission...

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2 Chinese nationals sentenced for trafficking counterfeit cell phone cases

Zexiong Chen, 28, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, one year of supervised release, a fine of $6,000 and ordered to pay $4,820 restitution. Haotian Chen, 26, was sentenced to time served which was one day in prison, one year of supervised release, a fine of $4,000 and ordered to pay $4,829 restitution.

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Statement by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on the Out-of-Cycle Review of India

In the 2014 Special 301 Report published in April, USTR announced that the United States would initiate an Out-of-Cycle Review (OCR) of India in the fall of 2014 to evaluate progress toward achieving meaningful, sustained and effective engagement on IP issues with India.

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HSI arrests 7 for marketing and selling counterfeit goods

NEW YORK — Special Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in conjunction with the New York Police Department (NYPD) arrested seven Queens residents and seized close to $2.2 million worth of counterfeit designer merchandise.

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‘Tis the season to avoid holiday hoaxes, scams

“Black Friday” sales drew consumers by the thousands to line up for hours to get a drastically reduced TV, pair of shoes or piece of furniture. Those who chose to literally avoid the holiday rush could also take advantage of “Cyber Monday” and catch equally attractive deals online.

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HSI seizes more than $1 million in counterfeit goods from Detroit retailer

HSI executed a state search warrant at The Source II, located on Woodward Avenue, following an investigation that included multiple undercover buys of counterfeit merchandise. Special agents also served a state search warrant at the Southfield residence of the business owner, Cerhue Walker, where he was arrested on charges of trafficking counterfeit goods. A second suspect, Latrice Walker, was...

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ICE collaborates with industry and international law enforcement agencies to shutdown domain names selling counterfeit merchandise

WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) teamed with industry and 24 law enforcement agencies across 18 countries to shutdown 29,684 domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers as part of Project Transatlantic/ Operation In-Our-Sites V.

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ICE-led probe leads to arrest of 2 UK men allegedly linked to pre-release leak of The Expendables 3

The suspects, a 36-year-old man from Upton, and a 33-year-old man from Dewsbury, were taken into custody Nov. 25 by detectives with the City of London Police Department’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).

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HSI-led probe leads to arrest of 2 UK men allegedly linked to pre-release leak of The Expendables 3

The suspects, a 36-year-old man from Upton, and a 33-year-old man from Dewsbury, were taken into custody Nov. 25 by detectives with the City of London Police Department’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).

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ICE, industry warn public of holiday scams

Once it is determined that the items are counterfeit, federal officials will seize the merchandise. But in many instances, the damage to the consumer and the economy has already been done.

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Ford recognizes HSI Detroit for consumer safety, brand protection efforts

When Henry Ford put the country on wheels more than a century ago, Detroit was the center of automotive and manufacturing innovation, a distinction many would argue the Motor City still holds. A hundred years later, Ford Motor Company and special agents with U.S.

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Kuwait Elevated to Special 301 “Priority Watch List”

Washington, D.C. - The United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced today that Kuwait is being moved from the Special 301 Report Watch List to the Priority Watch List.  The Special 301 Report identifies trading partners that do not adequately and effectively protect intellectual property rights. 

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IPR Center welcomes 2 new partner agencies

These new partners greatly strengthen the IPR Center, which was founded in 2000, and serves as one of the U.S. government's key weapons in the fight against criminal counterfeiting and piracy. The center uses the expertise of its 22 member agencies to share information, develop initiatives, coordinate enforcement actions, and conduct investigations related to IP theft.

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