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Pennsylvania man who sold counterfeit military goods sentenced to prison

Hao Yang, 25, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz, who also entered an order that Yang forfeit five bank accounts worth more than $59,000, a 2010 Acura purchased with proceeds of the crime, and counterfeit computer software, DVDs, sports jerseys and other items valued at approximately $280,720.

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Former Simi Valley CEO convicted of selling Navy knock-off batteries used on subs and aircraft carriers

Didier De Nier, 63, who lived in Simi Valley until he fled the U.S. nearly two years ago, was found guilty Wednesday of five counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

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NJ member of $300 million counterfeit conspiracy sentenced to federal prison

Ning Guo, a member of a massive, international conspiracy responsible for importing counterfeit goods from China worth a retail value of $300 million, was sentenced Friday to more than three years in federal prison.

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ICE, CBP announce year-end intellectual property seizure statistics

The number of IPR seizures increased nearly 7 percent from 22,848 in FY 2012 to 24,361 in FY 2013.

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USTR announces results of Out-of-Cycle-Review of El Salvador

Washington, DC.  – The Office of the United States Trade Representative today announced the results of its Out-of-Cycle Review (OCR) of El Salvador. 

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HSI, Detroit Tigers warn fans about fake tickets, merchandise ahead of home opener

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.

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Springfield man pleads guilty to trafficking counterfeit goods

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.

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Co-founder of illegal drug company sentenced to 3 years

Talib Khan, 43, of Montreal, Quebec, and Barbados, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and sale of misbranded drugs. Between August 2009 and August 2013, Gallant Pharma smuggled and sold more than $12.4 million in non-FDA-approved chemotherapy drugs and injectable cosmetic drugs and devices, generating profits of $3.4 million.

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2 California men charged with operating large-scale movie, music counterfeiting scheme

Emilio Perez-Solis, 39, of Oakland, and Hernan Cortes, 53, of Tulare, are named in a four-count indictment handed down Thursday charging them with criminal copyright infringement for private financial gain, criminal copyright infringement, trafficking in counterfeit labels, documentation and packaging, and conspiracy.

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Israel Removed from Special 301 Report

Washington, DC –United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced today that Israel is being removed from the Special 301 Report Watch List.  Israel will no longer be listed in the Special 301 Report, which identifies trading partners that do not adequately and effectively protect intellectual property rights. 

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Charges filed against vendor for selling drugs and guns on Silk Road website

Sheldon Kennedy, 26, was arrested this week in Miami for his role in selling illegal drugs, false identifications, counterfeit currency, guns and other contraband over the Internet. In September 2011, HSI Baltimore special agents initiated an investigation into the Silk Road website.

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Counterfeit airbags recovered at Chicago-area auto shop

The owner of a Bridgeview vehicle diagnostic center has been charged with felony counterfeit trademarks after at least two dozen counterfeit airbags were found at his business.

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'Operation Team Player' nets more than $37 million in fake merchandise

The operation, which began in June, netted 397,140 items including fake jerseys, ball caps, T-shirts, jackets and other souvenirs. The items had a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of more than $37.8 million - more than the previous six Super Bowl enforcement efforts combined.

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Cape Cod man pleads guilty to trafficking counterfeit Viagra

David Nailen pleaded guilty to four counts of trafficking in counterfeit Viagra Tuesday, following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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HSI guards against counterfeit items at NBA All-Star 2014

With basketball fans across the country heading to New Orleans this week for NBA All-Star 2014 Sunday at New Orleans Arena, the National Basketball Association (NBA) is working with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to caution unsuspecting fans against counterfeiters attempting to sell unauthorized and poorly made knock-off merchandise.

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$1.5 million in counterfeits seized in Cincinnati as part of Operation Team Player

Fake jerseys, ball caps, t-shirts, jackets and other souvenirs are among the counterfeit merchandise and clothing confiscated by teams of special agents and officers from ICE's HSI, CBP, USPIS and state and local police departments around the country - all in partnership with the NFL and other major sports leagues.

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Federal agencies seize more than $21.6 million in fake NFL merchandise during 'Operation Team Player'

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

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Last defendant in counterfeit DVD scheme sentenced

John C. Gaglione Jr., 49, must also pay a monetary judgment of $365,265, the proceeds of his criminal conduct, and $180,000 in restitution.

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Man pleads guilty to counterfeit goods

A Pennsylvania man, Hao Yang, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, including counterfeit military items.

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2 operators of west Texas mall kiosks plead guilty to trafficking counterfeit goods

Two brothers, who operate six kiosks at a local mall, pleaded guilty Wednesday to trafficking in counterfeit goods.

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Pakistani man residing in Houston pleads guilty to trafficking counterfeit pharmaceuticals

Mohammad Jamal Rashid, 45, a U.S. permanent resident originally from Pakistan and residing in Houston, admitted he conspired to illegally import counterfeit and misbranded Viagra and Cialis pharmaceutical drugs to his home under a false name and with a false declaration waybill.

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HSI seizes nearly $2 million in counterfeit goods from Nashville clothing store

ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in coordination with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department seized thousands of counterfeit items worth a total manufacturer's suggested retail price of more than $1.8 million from Legends Clothing Store on Bell Road Tuesday.

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Mass. man guilty of trafficking in counterfeit goods

Josue Rivera operated a retail merchandise business called Main Source, located in Springfield. Between April 11 and June 2012, Rivera stocked and sold counterfeit merchandise, including clothing, footwear and accessories.

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HSI operation nets $700,000 in fake NHL goods

ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized $723,377 in fake sports merchandise after a three-month enforcement initiative targeting counterfeit National Hockey League gear and other sportswear leading up to the 2014 NHL Winter Classic events.

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HSI El Paso seizes nearly $3.5 million in counterfeit merchandise

Within the past two months, special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) have locally seized almost 9,000 items of counterfeit merchandise valued at nearly $3.5 million during 'Operation Holiday Hoax.'

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9 members plead guilty in largest-ever counterfeit goods conspiracy

According to court documents, from November 2009 through February 2012, the defendants ran one of the largest counterfeit goods smuggling and distribution conspiracies ever charged by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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ICE, international law enforcement agencies seize 706 domain names selling counterfeit merchandise

The 706 domain names seized were set up to dupe consumers into unknowingly buying counterfeit goods as part of the holiday shopping season. The operations were coordinated by the HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) in Washington, D.C.

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ICE, industry warn public of holiday scams

Federal agencies will be conducting increased operations during the holiday season targeting the importation and distribution of counterfeit and pirated products.

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Man who sold counterfeit Chihuly art glass sentenced to 5 months in prison

Little admitted to buying pieces of generic glasswork and artwork over the Internet, then offering them for sale on eBay, falsely claiming they were authentic Chihuly works.

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