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Pennsylvania man convicted in Houston of distributing counterfeit Viagra and Cialis prescription drugs

A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty Monday to charges related to a conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit Viagra and Cialis prescription drugs, and to smuggling, trafficking and introducing the misbranded prescription drugs into interstate commerce.

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Authorities seize more than 3,000 counterfeit items in northern Indiana

The counterfeit merchandise seized included shoes, hats, purses, various clothing items and other luxury accessories.  These items were found to be imitations of name-brand merchandise, such as: Nike Air Jordan, Michael Kors, Timberland, North Face, Polo, NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB.

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4 charged in counterfeit Denver Broncos merchandise scheme

The charges allege that Marc Alan Misko, Mitchell Jay Misko, David Brian Henrichsen and Glenn Ford operated a business selling counterfeit sports merchandise at the Mile High Flea Market from November 14, 2006 to January 10, 2015. The merchandise was falsely marked and identified as official merchandise for the Denver Broncos and other Denver professional and college teams as well as teams based...

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ICE charges owner of illegal file-sharing website with copyright infringement

Artem Vaulin, 30, of Kharkiv, Ukraine, was arrested in Poland and is charged via criminal complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering and criminal copyright infringement.

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ICE, partners seize $6.5 million in counterfeit goods in Puerto Rico

During the operation, HSI special agents and partner law enforcement officers targeted 14 retailers of counterfeit goods infringing on the trademarks of Gucci, Michael Kors, Prada, Channel, Ray Ban, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Oakley, Nike, Ray Ban and the National Basketball Association.

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HSI Chicago seizes nearly 60 tons of honey illegally imported from China

CHICAGO — Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized nearly 60 tons of illegally imported Chinese honey Wednesday that was destined for U.S. consumers.

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Putting the Brakes on Intellectual Property Crime

Trio sentenced for pirating Mercedes-Benz diagnostic software.

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ICE collaborates with Latin America to combat counterfeiting

“Within the law-enforcement community, it is important that we come together regularly to share experiences and learn from each other; whether it’s talking about the investigative techniques that are working well, or simply shedding new light on emerging threats,” said Deputy Director Ragsdale. “Training sessions such as this also give us an opportunity to share key information and further...

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Large quantities of counterfeit apparel and illegal foreign pharmaceuticals seized in Sacramento-area searches

Tuesday’s enforcement actions were carried out by more than 50 special agents and investigators from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); the California Department of Public Health’s Food and Drug Branch; the California Franchise Tax Board; and the California Department of Justice eCrime Unit

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ICE empowers industry to protect online marketplace

Operation In Our Sites is the major effort ICE investigators, industry and international law enforcement conduct in order to eliminate copyright infringing websites selling counterfeit goods that may threaten the health and safety of consumers.

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South Florida woman sentenced for trafficking in counterfeit goods and money laundering

Tatiana F. Tascon, 40, of Coconut Grove, pleaded guilty to the charges April 13, as part of her sentence she agreed to forfeit $78,949.45 as well as two properties in Miami.

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Theft of Trade Secrets

Economic Espionage Act violations land a former avionics company employee in prison.

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ICE targets sale of NBA counterfeit goods in Bay Area – scores big

While sports merchandise is a popular choice, intellectual property thieves will counterfeit any product that can be sold or marketed.  Among the most troubling trends is the burgeoning availability of counterfeit drugs, medical equipment, aircraft and automobile parts, computer hardware, military components, and electrical safety devices.

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5 arrested in phony perfume ring following ICE HSI probe

Patrick Badal, Kaium Shah, Kenny Ni, Abul Kashem, and Parvez Shazzed face charges of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, trafficking in counterfeit packaging and smuggling goods into the United States.

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Music industry honors ICE agents

ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents stationed in the United States, Canada, France and Netherlands were recognized by L. Carlos Linares, vice president of Anti-Piracy Legal Affairs at RIAA, for their role in aggressively pursuing a North Carolina man who had personally pirated upwards of $7 million worth of songs, albums and other copyright protected content on the websites...

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Chinese national admits selling more than $1 million in counterfeit cell phone parts

Hongwei “Nick” Du, 33, of Shenzhen, China, admitted Wednesday in U.S. District Court to conspiring with two El Centro residents to traffic counterfeit goods and money laundering. Du further admitted he coordinated the shipments of the Chinese-made counterfeit products in a manner designed to prevent customs officers from detecting them.

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HSI Chicago seizes nearly 60 tons of honey illegally imported from China

The three shipping container loads (195 barrels) of bulk honey smuggled into the United States were falsely declared as originating from Vietnam to evade anti-dumping duties applicable to Chinese-origin honey.

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Congressional hearing highlights dangers of counterfeit goods

WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) top intellectual property rights enforcer told the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday that the illegal importation, distribution and sale of counterfeit products pose a significant and growing threat to health and safety.

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ICE remains committed to IP enforcement

The ICE-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), a task-force agency combining the expertise of 23 investigative organizations, is the U.S. government’s response to ensuring national security by protecting the public, the economy and the national defense supply chain that are vulnerable to the proliferation of counterfeit goods.

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Florida-based websites seized for selling trademark-infringing auto parts

DETROIT — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Detroit announced Thursday the seizure of two Florida-based websites allegedly selling trademark-infringing automotive parts.

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Tijuana man charged with importing counterfeit pain pills containing potentially deadly chemical

Sergio Linyuntang Mendoza Bohon, 19, was arrested in February after he attempted to smuggle nearly 1,200 counterfeit oxycodone pills into the U.S. through the pedestrian lane at the Otay Mesa port of entry. During a secondary inspection and pat down, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers found the tablets along with a package containing several grams of white powder in Mendoza’s...

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Rhode Island man sentenced for trafficking in counterfeit Viagra

A Pawtucket, R.I. man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boston for trafficking in counterfeit prescription medications following a joint investigation led by (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

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ICE seeks public's help in locating badge counterfeiter believed to be in Germany

34-year-old Roberto Craciunica, a Romanian man believed to be residing in Germany, was indicted in October 2015 in the Eastern District of Virginia for a variety of charges related to manufacturing and distributing counterfeit badges, including trafficking in counterfeit goods; smuggling; and possession, sale or transportation of false seals. Interpol has also issued a Red Notice for Craciunica’s...

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IPR Center strengthens relationships to fight online crime

IPR Center leadership and representatives from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and FBI held a roundtable discussion last month with staff from the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), a joint advertising industry initiative to fight crime in the digital ad supply chain, to review priorities, set common goals and objectives and determine opportunities for successful collaboration.

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Central California man pleads guilty to federal copyright infringement for selling pirated Adobe software

Jeffrey Scott Patterson, 52, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court. In his plea agreement and during his Monday court appearance, Patterson admitted that, over the course of approximately eight years, he used two websites to advertise and sell counterfeit Adobe software at prices below retail.

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ICE, CBP team with international authorities in key operation

WASHINGTON — Mexican authorities executed dozens of verification warrants, seizing thousands of counterfeit sports-related items from retail outlets, and Hong Kong customs officials conducted anti-counterfeiting enforcement actions at the border and inland level, leading to one arrest, as part of a major operation developed by U.S.

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