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      Special agents with ICE's HSI on Thursday seized nearly 79,000 counterfeit items that included apparel and consumer electronics from luxury and sporting trademark designers such as Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Adidas, Nike, Apple, Samsung and Sony.
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      Rogelio Vasquez is charged in a 30-count indictment that alleges he acquired old, used and/or discarded integrated circuits from Chinese suppliers that had been repainted and remarked with counterfeit logos.
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      The IPR Center not only stands at the forefront of the federal government’s response to counterfeiting, but also epitomizes ICE’s commitment to dedicate resources in the fight against IP crimes,” said HSI Acting Executive Associate Director Derek Benner. “HSI special agents in collaboration with law-enforcement partners and industry representatives will continue to aggressively investigate IP...
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      James Pepion, of Portland, was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to four months in prison followed by three years supervised release for selling counterfeit Nike sneakers online and laundering his proceeds.
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      According to the indictment, defendants Carlos Enrique Velázquez-Gines, Mayra Evelise Gines-Otero, Noriam Ivette Flores-Deleon and Vanessa Marrero-Hernández marketed and sold numerous purported dietary supplements for male enhancement or weight loss in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) to American consumers.
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      Marco DeCamillo, 41, of Reading, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 12 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for mail fraud stemming from the sales of misbranded body armor and order to pay $124,000 in restitution.
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      Special agents from HSI teamed with industry, CBP, FBI, Minneapolis police officers and other partner agencies to identify flea markets, retail outlets and street vendors selling counterfeit goods during the week leading up to Super Bowl LII. They seized fake jerseys, hats, cell-phone accessories and thousands of other bogus items prepared to be sold to unsuspecting consumers.
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      STERLING, Va., – If you are waiting on Beats head phones as a special gift for the holidays, your wait just got a little longer. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized 240 of the popular wireless headphones for being counterfeits to the Dr. Dre trademark.
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      Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JADALLAH SAED age 31, of Gretna, was sentenced on December 20, 2017 after previously pleading guilty to one count of trafficking in counterfeit cigarettes. U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt sentenced SAED to 22 months imprisonment to be followed by a 2 year term of supervised release.
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      BOSTON – A Fitchburg woman pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to trafficking steroids. Elizabeth Green, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances before U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs, who scheduled sentencing for March 15, 2018.
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      BOSTON – A Dominican national was arrested and charged today in federal court in Boston with crimes relating to his role in a wide-ranging narcotics trafficking operation that included distributing counterfeit prescription pain pills containing fentanyl throughout Boston and Cape Cod. Santiago Pena, 49, a Dominican national residing in Roxbury, was charged by indictment with conspiracy to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl.
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      Aleksey Illyuk, 28, of Ozark, Missouri, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of mail fraud and one count of smuggling goods into the United States.
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      BOSTON – The owner of Esther’s Fashion Paradise in Worcester pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to defrauding the SNAP benefits program and selling counterfeit merchandise.
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      SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Mountain Grove, Mo., woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to smuggling counterfeit Louis Vuitton material into the United States so that she could make and sell counterfeit merchandise on her website.
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      SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that an Ozark, Mo., man has pleaded guilty in federal court to a scheme to sell counterfeit automotive airbags and components online.
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      Tonya Virtue, 33, of Mountain Grove, Missouri, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of smuggling goods into the United States.
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      Several thousand copyright-infringing website domain names and third-party marketplace links selling counterfeit pharmaceuticals, automotive parts and other fake items to unsuspecting consumers have been criminally and administratively seized and removed in an effort that combines the resources of global law-enforcement agencies and industry.
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      Joint investigations by Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC³), the US National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Centre and law enforcement authorities from 27 EU Member States and third parties , facilitated by INTERPOL, have seized over 20 520 domain names that were offering counterfeit goods, for example luxury products, sportswear, electronics, pharmaceuticals and online piracy on e-commerce platforms and social networks.
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      While online shopping offers increased convenience, it also provides opportunities for scammers to target consumers through fake websites, phony offers, and malicious apps.
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      WASHINGTON – The crackdown on counterfeiting intensified this week as U.S.

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      Law enforcement has identified a trend regarding the sale of counterfeited Combat Application Tourniquet medical devices. A counterfeit tourniquet is one that bears the trademark of CAT Resources, but is produced by another party and is usually not made to the specifications of the original equipment manufacturer. These counterfeits are produced illegally and the proceeds could potentially support other criminal activities. Several public safety agencies have reported failure of the counterfeit tourniquet devices in emergency situations.
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      Software bought on the cheap from unknown sellers may contain hidden dangers.
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      PSA for counterfeit auto parts.