A 24-year-old Merced man convicted of selling bootleg movies and music was sentenced Monday in Fresno federal court to two years, three months in federal prison.
Luis Puntos Coahuilas, 24, pleaded guilty in June to charges of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit labels, according to the office of United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.
According to court documents, between January 2010 and November 2010, Puntos and his co-conspirators sold bootleg CDs and DVDs at the Galt Market and other flea markets statewide.
The items were seized from the defendants on Nov 16, 2010. If the items had been genuine, they'd have a retail value exceeding $1 million, according to Lauren Horwood, a spokesperson for Wagner's office.
The case was the product of an investigation by the FBI and the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force. Assistant United States Attorneys Henry Z. Carbajal III and Brian W. Enos prosecuted the case.
-- Sun-Star staff