The latest in IPR Center related news and press releases.


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  • 04.22.2024

    Criminal Research Specialists Open The Door On Multiple Counterfeit Cases

    WASHINGTON – Tenacious, relentless, and determined to deliver results are but a few of the ways to describe the work of Criminal Research Specialists (CRS) who work behind the scenes using research methods and procedures to collect and analyze crime data for use in developing potential criminal investigations.

  • 04.03.2024

    Multi-Million Dollar Scheme To Defraud Department of Defense revealed

    OAKLAND – A California man faces up to 30 years in a federal prison after pleading guilty to a scheme to defraud the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Steve H.S. Kim of Alameda County pleaded guilty to selling more than $3.5 million worth of fan assemblies to the DLA that were either counterfeit or misrepresented to be new.

  • 04.02.2024

    HSI Environmental Case Featured In Anti-Timber Trafficking Training in Vietnam

    When a Florida couple is sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for illegally importing and selling up to $65 million worth of plywood products, it provides an excellent opportunity to showcase the investigation that uncovered significant violations of the Lacey Act and customs laws.

  • 03.29.2024

    International Trafficker of Counterfeit Apple Products, Sentenced

    SAN DIEGO – A California man identified as an organizer and leader of an international conspiracy to traffic counterfeit Apple products has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison. Zhiwei “Allen” Liao was also ordered to forfeit two residences along with $120,370 in U.S. currency and more than 200 Apple devices seized during the investigation.

  • 03.21.2024

    Avoiding more than $1 million in duties, tariffs brings guilty pleas

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – An investigation conducted jointly between Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)-San Juan and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has uncovered a conspiracy to smuggle goods into the United States to avoid paying more than $1 million in duties and tariffs.

  • 03.20.2024

    Leader of animal trafficking ring sent to prison following investigation by HSI Houston, federal partners

    HOUSTON – The leader of an animal trafficking ring has been sentenced to federal prison for selling endangered wildlife in violation of the Lacey Act following an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)-Houston, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General.

  • 03.20.2024

    HSI Philadelphia-led investigation leads to seizure of domains used for alleged drug trafficking

    PHILADELPHIA- Special agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)-Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Seattle field offices, along with HSI-Brussels, and the National Police Force of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, coordinated the international takedown of four domain servers allegedly used to sell fake pharmaceutical grade drugs. Some of the drugs contained methamphetamine and fentanyl and were unlawfully distributed across the United States.

  • 03.11.2024

    International case shines spotlight on HSI’s new environmental crimes unit

    Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents assigned to the newly created Wildlife and Environmental Crimes Unit (WECU) have been recognized for their cooperation and support of an investigation that has led to sanctions against two companies - one in Russia and one in the Central African Republic (CAR) - for their efforts in advancing Russia’s nefarious activities in the CAR.

  • 03.11.2024

    Sentencing scheduled in counterfeit airbag case

    WASHINGTON – A retired auto mechanic in Memphis, Tennessee faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to charges of trafficking counterfeit airbags and causing a dangerous item or forbidden explosive to be placed onto a commercial aircraft.

  • 03.07.2024

    Major greenhouse gas smuggling investigation leads to first U.S. criminal arrest

    WASHINGTON – An environmental enforcement operation conducted cooperatively between Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has led to the first criminal arrest in the United States on charges of smuggling potent greenhouse gases into the U.S.

  • 02.07.2024

    IPR Center seizes over $28M in counterfeit sports merchandise ahead of Super Bowl LVIII

    LAS VEGAS – Today, the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) announced the seizure of approximately 94,000 counterfeit sports-related items during the past year, worth an estimated $28.1 million during a joint press conference with the National Football League (NFL).

  • 12.08.2023

    Holiday Shopping Tips

    The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPRCenter) wants to remind everyone that all consumers should have an enjoyable shoppingexperience free from counterfeit or stolen goods or pirated streaming content.

  • 11.16.2023

    National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center Launches Pre-Holiday Anti-Piracy Public Service Announcements

    IPR Center Partners with MPA to Produce PSAs that Tackle Seasonal Increase in Digital Piracy.

  • 10.30.2023

    IPR Center, MLB warn Phoenix and Dallas fans of fake merchandise, tickets during 2023 World Series

    WASHINGTON –As the 2023 World Series presented by Capital One gets underway this week, fans are heading to Phoenix and Dallas to support their favorite teams and purchase officially licensed gear and memorabilia. With high demand for merchandise during this year’s World Series, the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), including Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), joins MLB in cautioning fans to be on the lookout – both online and offline - for counterfeiters attempting to sell unauthorized, knock-off products and tickets.

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