SAN JOSE, CA-- A man who admitted to selling unauthorized copies of movies, including "Cars 2," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," and "X-Men," was sentenced today to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay $200,200 in restitution, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Ricardo Blanco, 28, was ordered to forfeit 20,750 counterfeit movies, $53,115 in cash and all equipment used to manufacture the unauthorized movies, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Blanco also admitted that he manufactured thousands of unauthorized copies of movies to sell in his store and hired several individuals to make copies of the movies in a room at a residence located on South King Road in San Jose. The employees transported movies to Mia's Fashions. One employee worked as a security guard and cashier at the store, federal officials stated.
The items were seized from Mia's Fashions and a residence located on South King Road in San Jose. Restitution will be paid to the Motion Picture Association of America, according to federal officials.
The prosecution is the result of a one-year investigation by the FBI.
SAN JOSE, CA-- Fu Tain Lu, of Cupertino, California, was sent to prison today for 15 months for selling microwave amplifiers, used primarily in communications and radar, to China, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Lu, 65, was the owner and founder of Fushine Technology Inc, a corporation.
Fushine had a sales representative agreement with Miteq Components Inc., a New York-based manufacturer of microwave and satellite communications components and subsystems.
In a press release, the Acting Special Agent in Charge Joel Moss of the FBI San Francisco Division said: "This case is an example of our determination to combat the transfer of sensitive U.S. technology that have national security implications and our commitment to a fair and secure commercial arena."
COLUMBIA, S.C.-- A former Colleton County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant pleaded guilty today in federal court of having conversations with a known drug dealer and revealing law enforcement sensitive information to him about federal investigations taking place in Colleton County and then, lying about to the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's Office stated.
Fred Allen Inabinett, 30, of Walterboro, was terminated from his job shortly after he was charged, state federal officials.
Inabinett is facing up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000, state federal authorities.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office.