GANG MEMBER ARRESTED AGAIN!!

A  documented  member  of  the  Grape  Street  Crips  has  been  arrested  again  for  the sales  of  pirated  music  CDs.  Some  people  just  never  learn.  It  seems  the  lure  of  easy  money  is  just  too  hard  to  resist.

For 2013, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) estimated the comprehensive results of counterfeit and pirated goods seized @ $1.74 Billion.(www.ice.gov)

In  2013,  we  saw  the  number  of  gang  members  involved  in  counterfeiting  and  piracy  grow  and  there  appears  to  be  no  end  in  sight  as  long  as  there  is  a  strong  demand  for  counterfeit  goods. Counterfeiting and piracy are not victimless crimes and do deserve to be prosecuted. The brand name companies are not the only victims in this illegal world. We all lose tax revenue and legitimate businesses lose sales to these criminals.

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Counterfeiters Caught Smuggling Drugs

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Counterfeiters do not only engage in the sales of counterfeit goods, they will do whatever type of criminal activity that will make them money. We have seen time and time again where drug trafficking and counterfeiting are tied together.

The same people selling counterfeits will be the same people that will smuggle drugs.

This group of folks that were arrested smuggling drugs also have had their run ins with the law for selling counterfeit handbags and pirated CDs. The full story can be viewed by visiting our YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-PBn25j-eE&feature=share&list=UUsenSOs0fOULyfLBt5f4Dbw

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Gangs and Counterfeiting

The  problem  continues  to  grow  as  gangs  and  other  criminal  organizations  continue  to  realize  that  trademark  counterfeiting,  piracy  and  other  intellectual  property  crimes  present  great  opportunities  to  make  lots  of  cold  hard  cash.

These  criminals  see  the  opportunities  and  they  quickly  jump  on  them.  There  is  no  shortage  of  willing  consumers  to  buy  the  latest  knock  off  handbag  or  pirated  music  CD  and  the  gangsters  know  it.

The  LAPD  and  FBI  recently  arrested  a  gang  member  from  Florencia  13.  The  gangster,  known  as  “Flaco”    had  already  been  arrested  and  prosecuted  by  local  authorities  once,  but  like  many  others  he  was  lured  back  to  the  counterfeit  trade  because  of  the  large  profits.   

Flaco  was  prosecuted  federally  and  convicted.  He  will  serve  time  in  federal  prison  and  then  he  will  likely  be  receiving  a  free  ride  outside  of  the  United  States  as  he  was  not  in  the  USA  legally.     

The  public  needs  to  be  educated  that  the  profits  from  the  sales  of  counterfeit  goods  are  going  to  gangs,  such  as  Florencia  13,  MS  13,  18TH  Street,  The  Bloods,  The  Crips,  and  the  Mexican  Mafia.

 We  applaud  the  outstanding  efforts  to  address  the  problem  of  intellectual  property  crimes  as  it  is  not  always  seen  as  a  serious  crime,  however  those  that  are  in  the  “know”  understand  how  serious  these  crimes  really  are  and  how  these  crimes  are  a  major  source  to  gangs,  organized  crimes  groups,  and  terrorist  organizations.

 Here is a link to a short clip on our YouTube channel explaining a little bit more about the relationships that gangs and counterfeiters have.

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Manufacturer of Counterfeit Designer Handbags Sentenced to One Year in Federal Prison for Trafficking the Bogus Products

LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles woman was sentenced today to one year and
one day in federal prison for trafficking in counterfeit handbags and wallets, including
accessories bearing counterfeit marks belonging to Chanel, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana,
Fendi, Prada, and Versace.

Yeon Soon Lee, also known as Susie Lee, 55, who resides in the Koreatown
District of Los Angeles, was sentenced today by United States District Judge George H.
King.

Lee operated Anna Collection, a wholesale accessory distributor in the Fashion
District in downtown Los Angeles. Lee attached emblems with counterfeit trademarks to
generic bags and shipped them to retailers across the United States. After authorities
executed a search warrant at Anna Collection in 2009 and seized more than 1,000
handbags and counterfeit emblems, Lee resumed operating her business in 2011. A
second search in 2011 resulted in the seizure of additional goods and emblems.

During today’s sentencing hearing, Judge King said Lee had committed a “largescale,”
“serious offense.” Lee was a “clear recidivist,” who had shown “repeated
disrespect for the law” by continuing to traffic in counterfeit goods after previously being
convicted in state court (that conviction has been expunged) and being the subject of
two search warrants, the judge said.

“The public has to know that these are not merely victimless crimes,” Judge King
emphasized.

The case against Lee is the product of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border
Protection, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

CONTACT: Assistant United States Attorney Ronald Cheng
Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section
(213) 894-8644

Release No. 13-037