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Corpus Christi, Texas: 7 locals plead guilty to selling, counterfeiting high quality DVDs

As reported by seven local residents pleaded guilty Thursday to intellectual property rights violations, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas. This investigation in Corpus Christi was led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) along with the following agencies: Corpus Christi Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit, Kingsville Specialized Crimes Task Force, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Read Article

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Texas: 23-year-old man in Houston pleads guilty to immigrant smuggling

As reported by just one week after pleading not guilty to four counts relating to human smuggling, a Houston man changed his mind and entered a guilty plea, court documents show. Pedro Piedra, 23, entered his guilty plea Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Felix Recio. He originally had entered a not guilty plea, court documents [...]

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Texas: 3 indicted for involvement in Social Security disability scam

AS reported by, an Amarillo federal grand jury indicted three people Wednesday in a Social Security disability payment scam. Read Article

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Texas: Arlington police seize more than 600 DVDs

As reported by nearly 600 counterfeit DVDs were seized in what police call an elaborate counterfeit operation in an Arlington home. Police stumbled on the alleged operation while serving Melbert Randles with a credit card fraud warrant. Read Article

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Houston: two police officers accused of helping smuggle cocaine

As reported by Two Houston police officers are facing life in prison without the possibility of parole after allegations they accepted $2,000 in bribes to protect a stash of cocaine being smuggled through the city. Read Article

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Dallas: MoneyGram takes a big step to protect customers from retail scams

As reported by MoneyGram, a leading global money transfer company, and the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition, Inc. (IACC) today announced an agreement under which MoneyGram will participate in the IACC Payment Processor Portal Program, which is designed to prevent disreputable merchants from selling counterfeit goods by disabling certain payment processing channels, such as MoneyGram money [...]

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Mexico, telephone scam to U.S.

Police all along the border between Texas and Mexico say this holiday season they’re seeing a spike in scam phone calls from Mexico. The scam involves residents on the U.S. side of the border getting a call from someone claiming to be an extended family member in Mexico but without giving a name. By using [...]

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