Category Archives: Criminal Enforcement

OLAF helps partners seize over one million counterfeit semiconductors in major Joint Customs Operation

“To help keep European consumers safe, a major Joint Customs Operation, code-named Operation Wafers, co-ordinated by Dutch Customs with the support of OLAF, targeted counterfeit semiconductors imported into the EU from China and Hong Kong by post/express courier. In just two weeks, partners seized more than one million counterfeit devices such as diodes, LEDs, transistors and integrated circuits….”

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Drugs, Guns, and Fake Kicks: Inside the Counterfeit EconomyComplex

Dec 21, 2016 As Bruce Foucart, director of U.S. Homeland Security’s National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, tells Complex, Cherif Kouachi funded his cache through the sale of counterfeit luxury goods on the streets of Paris. “That’s a direct link,” Foucart says. “The sale of counterfeit goods went into buying these guns.” …
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New enforcement effort targets dangerous electronics – Operation Surge Protector

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – with support from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) – have launched an initiative targeting the illegal importation and distribution of counterfeit consumer electronics known to present health and safety hazards by overheating, igniting, and causing severe injuries and extensive property damage. …

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U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced

The Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released the 2017-2019 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement. This document charts the course for work to be carried over the next three years by the federal government—with opportunities for state and local governments, foreign governments, and the private sector—in support of a strong policy environment for intellectual property enforcement. ….

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California Resident Convicted of Conspiring to Illegally Export Fighter Jet Engines and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to China — US DoJ

Wenxia Man, aka Wency Man, 45, of San Diego, was convicted today by a federal jury in the Southern District of Florida of conspiring to export and cause the export of fighter jet engines, an unmanned aerial vehicle – commonly known as a drone – and related technical data to the People’s Republic of China, in violation of the Arms Export Control Act.

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Citizen of China Pleads Guilty to Trafficking in Counterfeit Computer Chips | USAO-CT | Department of Justice

… Daofu Zhang, 40, of Shenzen, China, pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court to conspiring to sell counterfeits of sophisticated integrated circuits to a purchaser in the United States. …

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President Of Aviation Parts Company Arrested For Fraudulently Supplying Defective Airplane Parts To U.S. Government | Department of Justice

Paul Skiscim, President of Aerospec, Inc., was arrested on federal charges of supplying defective airplane parts to the federal government for use in its aircraft, including military aircraft. …

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Owner of Rhode Island Electronics Parts Company That Defrauded Customers is Sentenced — US DOJ

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JEFFREY WARGA, 62, of North Kingstown, R.I., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to three years of probation and was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine for supplying customers with falsely remarked microprocessor chips, many of which were used in U.S. Military and commercial helicopters….

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Samsung Says Workers Took Kickbacks In Counterfeit Scheme – Law360

“Samsung has hit four former employees and one of the company’s distributors with a lawsuit in Texas federal court alleging they conspired to rig auctions and exchanged bribes and kickbacks to provide the distributor with discounted phone parts. … gave third parties kits until 2014 that contained all of the parts needed to make certain Samsung cellphones … diverted counterfeit devices to All Pro, which sold them on the gray market … the parts were assembled to make at least 16,318 counterfeit mobile devices … ”

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China’s counterfeiters aided by Western firms’ weak response – Herald-Whig –

” Many firms treat counterfeiting as a minor cost of doing business in China. Few spend the money required to tackle the powerful, hidden networks that drive China’s multibillion-dollar counterfeiting juggernaut. The failure of major Western brands to better manage fraud is not just a waste of money. It also makes it easier for potentially dangerous fakes to slip into global supply chains, and creates more work for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. ”

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