Category Archives: Criminal Enforcement

Orange County Electronics Distributor Charged with Selling Counterfeit Integrated Circuits with Military and Commercial Uses

LOS ANGELES – The owner of PRB Logics Corporation, an Orange County-based seller of electronic components, was arrested this morning on federal charges alleging he sold counterfeit integrated circuits, some of which could have been used in military applications. …

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IPR Center celebrates tenth anniversary on World IP Day

WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), FBI and other partner agencies with the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) renewed their fight today against counterfeiting and IP theft that threaten the safety of American consumers, levy negative impacts on the U.S. economy and fund transnational criminal organizations, during at an event recognizing the center’s tenth anniversary. …

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United Technologies resolves U.S. counterfeit parts probe for $1 million – Reuters

(Reuters) – United Technologies Corp (UTX.N) will pay $1.06 million to resolve claims that a company it indirectly owned falsely certified the authenticity of counterfeit parts incorporated into U.S. Army helicopter engines, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday….

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Hers ia a press release from DoJ on the matter…

United Technologies Corporation Pays More Than $1 Million to Resolve False Claims Violations | USAO-CT | Department of Justice

Fraudsters Supplied Counterfeit for Pacific Fleet’s Recon Ship – Mil.Today (Russia)

… “”We have revealed the facts of submission of documents containing misrepresentations regarding quality of the components required for repairs of main and auxiliary engines of the ship named Kurily. However, origin of the components was not found” …

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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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