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Record distributor pleads guilty in Dallas to copyright infringement charges

Angelica’s Record Distributors to pay $250,000 in restitution to Recording Industry Association of America, forfeit $250,000, and more than 150,000 counterfeit CDs and DVDs

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HSI Dallas holds IPR Training Fair to update law enforcement officers on the crime of counterfeiting and how to combat it

IP theft is a problem that goes much deeper than buyers purchasing fake name-brand purses, shoes or football jerseys at a discount. This alone harms the U.S. economy and robs American workers of jobs. But profits from “knock-offs” also often support criminal organizations involved in weapons trafficking, drug smuggling and other illegal activities.

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HSI Dallas hosts Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Training Fair for 200 DFW-area law enforcement officers

It’s estimated that American industries alone lose about $250 billion annually from these counterfeits. And that lost revenue also means lost American jobs, and lost local and federal taxes that weren’t paid on those goods.

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4 men indicted in Houston for smuggling counterfeit veterinary products into US

The following four men were indicted July 9: Iain Nigel MacKellar, 58, of the United Kingdom; Lam Ngoc Tran, aka Mark Tran, 40, of Fountain Valley, California; Allen Smith, 49, of Phoenix; and William Humphreys, 58, of Laguna Hills, California.

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Nevada man pleads guilty in Missouri to multi-million dollar piracy scheme

Arunachalam Annamalai, 48, a resident of Las Vegas, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty to charges that he participated in the software piracy conspiracy. Annamalai is the owner and operator of Vegascart LLC.

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US, Mexico customs agencies host anti-counterfeiting training in Mexico City

The conference was hosted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Attaché Office in Mexico City, the HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) and Mexico’s Tax Administration Service (SAT).

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4 people indicted in New Jersey for trafficking counterfeit technology

The following individuals were charged in an eight-count indictment with importing and trafficking in counterfeit goods, smuggling, structuring and international money laundering: Andreina Becerra, 30, a Venezuelan national residing in Miami; Roberto Volpe, 33, an Italian national residing in Miami; Jianhua Li, 40, a Chinese national and resident of Guangzhou, China; Rosario La Marca, 52, an...

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4 charged with counterfeiting Apple, Sony products

Andreina Becerra, 30, a Venezuelan national, and Roberto Volpe, 33, an Italian national, both of Miami; Jianhua Li, 40, a Chinese national and resident of Guangzhou, China; and Rosario La Marca, 52, an Italian national and resident of Italy, were accused in an eight-count indictment of importing and trafficking fake iPhones, iPads and iPods bearing counterfeit Apple trademarks and fake camcorders...

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ICE takes down website selling Chinese counterfeit hair appliances for top dollar

Stephen Voudouris, Sr., 59, from Newtown Square, Yung Chung, 31, from West Chester, and Jaimmy Chun, 30, from Philadelphia are charged with conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit goods and wire fraud. Voudouris, Sr. is also charged with smuggling counterfeit goods into the United States.

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California man pleads guilty in Houston to trafficking misbranded, counterfeit prescription drugs

Martez Alando Gurley, 40, from Napa, California, admitted at his pre-arraignment hearing June 29 that he purchased 15,000 to 18,000 counterfeit Viagra and counterfeit Cialis tablets from an individual in China he knew as “Alice,” as well as an additional 3,600 to 4,800 tablets from another individual within the U.S.

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U.S., China unite to fight intellectual property theft

Representatives from U.S. and Chinese customs agencies strengthened relations Tuesday by signing an agreement to work together to combat violators of intellectual property rights law.

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HSI operation nets more than $180,000 in fake NHL goods during 2015 Stanley Cup Final and Chicago Blackhawks victory celebration

The enforcement initiative, dubbed Operation Team Player, resulted in the seizure of 4,376 items, including fake jerseys, hats, t-shirts, jackets and other souvenirs. The $181,215 value is based on the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the counterfeit NHL merchandise.

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Bay Area man sentenced to 15 months in counterfeit DVD scheme

Christopher Breejen, 43, who pleaded guilty in November 2014 to one count of criminal copyright infringement, admitted importing counterfeit DVDs and selling them on eBay.

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Chicago-area business owner arrested for selling unlicensed sports merchandise

Jeff Huang, 61, of Mount Prospect, Illinois, was arrested June 9 and charged with five counts of unauthorized use of a trademark, a class-one felony. He was placed on electronic monitoring during his bond hearing June 10 at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse.

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12 New Jersey men indicted in alleged cargo theft ring worth $1.5 million

The indictment resulted from a lengthy investigation titled “Operation Midnight Run” by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the New Jersey State Police - Interstate Theft North Unit and the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice - Specialized Crimes Bureau.

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Fugitive linked to Bay Area $100 million counterfeit goods seizure extradited

Hui Jin Chen was arrested Sept. 2, 2014, in Toronto by officers from the Toronto Police Department’s Fugitive Task Force.

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ICE to be featured on 1-hour TV special

ABC News 20/20 will feature a high-profile case, May. 15 at 10 p.m. (EST), with which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) was heavily involved.

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IPR Center launches training to secure supply chains and combat counterfeit goods in the workplace

WASHINGTON – In an effort to bolster public education and private industry engagement regarding intellectual property crime, the U.S.

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2 southern Illinois men plead guilty to $1.6 million fraud scheme

Qais Hussein, 44, and Majdi Odeh, 45, both of Swansea, Illinois, pleaded guilty May 11 to a four-count indictment charging that they, along with others, engaged in a conspiracy from January 2010 through July 2012 to unlawfully acquire Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits (formerly known as food stamps), aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of false tax...

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Companies, drop shipper plead guilty to conspiracy to smuggle, sell misbranded prescription pharmaceuticals

This investigation has resulted in the guilty pleas of other conspirators of SB Medical Inc. and TC Medical Group, including: David Eli Burke, director of sales; Shlomo David Rabi, director of sales and marketing; Asaf Akiva Ibrahimian; sales representative; Reuven Daniel Mirlis, sales representative; Rivka Rabi, drop shipper.

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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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