Ten Arrested, Thousands of Counterfeit and Pirated Disks Seized in Movie and Music Investigation
FRESNO, CA—Multiple search warrants and a local probation search were executed on Friday March 13, 2015 in San Jose, Calif. Approximately 75,000 counterfeit music compact discs, 60,000 pirated movie digital video discs, and materials and equipment to duplicate, produce and distribute more than 10,000 additional discs were among the items seized during the searches.
Nine subjects were detained and subsequently arrested as a result of the warrant activity and searches on Friday, March 13, 2015: Victor Flores Fuentes, 38; Edgar Hipatl Rodriguez, 25; Angel Gomez, 34; Ramiro Mendes, 34; Efrain Lozada Rosas, 33; Antonio Morales, 31; Enrique Aguilar, 25; Eric Ivanez, 21; and Jesus Cuevas Lopez, 24. The individuals were arrested for allegedly trafficking in counterfeit labels, criminal copyright infringement, and conspiracy (18 USC 2318, 2319, and 371). The tenth subject, Cornelio Rojas, 50, was arrested in Atwater, Calif. on Monday, March 16, 2015 for the same alleged crimes.
According to court documents, the men allegedly conspired to duplicate and reproduce copyrighted music CDs and counterfeit movie DVDs. The counterfeit materials were then distributed to resellers in Calif. cities including Atwater, Modesto, Stockton and Sacramento. The counterfeit materials included movie titles that were in theatrical release and not yet available for legitimate sale on DVD.
The arrests and seizures were a product of an investigation conducted by the Sacramento Intellectual Property Rights Task Force comprised of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and assisted by the San Jose REACT Task Force, TRACE Task Force, and the California Highway Patrol.