2 Orland men sentenced to prison in counterfeit case

Jul 24, 2014 10:56 AM by News Staff

A 22-year-old San Jose man and two Orland men have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a copyright infringement scheme that involved selling counterfeit CDs and DVDs at North State flea markets.

Federal prosecutors say Otto Godinez-Sales, of San Jose, was sentenced Wednesday for conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement.

According to court documents, Godinez-Sales maintained warehouses near his home in San Jose, where he sold counterfeit CDs and DVDs. The music and movies were protected under United States copyright laws.

In many instances, authorities said, the movies being trafficked were still in theatrical release.

Two co-defendants - 34-year-old Francisco Martinez-Cruz and 32-year-old Soledad Garcia-Venegas, both of Orland, were both sentenced to 21 months in prison.

Prosecutors say Martinez-Cruz and Garcia-Venegas bought the CDs and DVDs from Godinez-Sales and resold them at flea markets in Marysville and Orland.


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