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3 Arrested in Texas and Charged in Arizona for Counterfeiting and Selling DVDs
Department of Justice ^ | November 13, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office District of Arizona

Posted on 11/13/2009 2:39:17 PM PST by Larry381

TUCSON—An indictment was unsealed today in Tucson charging four naturalized U.S. citizens with a scheme which involved the unauthorized reproduction and distribution of copyrighted DVDs which netted them approximately $3 million dollars. A federal grand jury in Tucson returned a 10-count indictment against Chuen Han Yuen (aka Jason Yuen), 29; Man Yam Yuen, 58; Tsao Ping Ng, 54; and Sin L. Yuen (aka Michelle Yuen), 31, all originally of Hong Kong, charging them with Conspiracy, Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud and Copyright Infringement.

Jason Yuen, Man Yam Yuen and Tsao Ping Ng were arrested without incident today by Special Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Houston Area Cyber Task Force in Houston, Texas, after an 18-month long investigation by FBI Cyber Special Agents from the Tucson FBI Office. The three arrested made their initial appearance today in federal court in Houston. They were released pending trial. Michelle will receive a summons to appear in court for her initial appearance.

The indictment alleges that the defendants unlawfully reproduced copyrighted works, including the television series “Get Smart” and various Disney movies, and distributed them via the Internet and the U.S. Mail. The indictment also alleges that they then transferred the proceeds gained by the illegal activity using a Pay Pal account to several bank accounts and netted approximately $3 million over the course of the conspiracy between 2005 and 2009.

A conviction for Wire Fraud or Mail Fraud each carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. A conviction for Conspiracy or Copyright Infringement each carries a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. If convicted of the charges, the indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation which would require them to forfeit property in Harris County, Texas, and the proceeds located in various bank accounts that were obtained as a result of the offenses. In determining an actual sentence, the assigned judge will consult the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide appropriate sentencing ranges. The judge, however, is not bound by those guidelines in determining a sentence.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: counterfeiting; fbi; pirating

1 posted on 11/13/2009 2:39:20 PM PST by Larry381
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To: Larry381
The indictment alleges that the defendants unlawfully reproduced copyrighted works, including the television series “Get Smart” and various Disney movies...

I guess they "missed it by 'that' much"... /g

2 posted on 11/13/2009 2:50:08 PM PST by tarheelswamprat
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To: tarheelswamprat

They were able to stay under the radar until they rebranded their company as “Netfrix”.


3 posted on 11/13/2009 3:12:49 PM PST by OrangeHoof ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Bend over suckahs".)
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To: Larry381

Wow, you screw with the RIAA and they call out all the King’s horses & men, eh?

You know what? I’m preeeeeetty sure those illegals crossing our southern border have some Disney knock-offs..!!!


4 posted on 11/13/2009 3:15:10 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Larry381
Quick guys, say you're Uyghurs and the State-run Media will fawn all over you and excuse what you've done by saying you've fallen victim to the stress of competiting in greedy American capitalist society.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

5 posted on 11/13/2009 3:55:18 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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