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Indictment targets counterfeit media operation

POSTED January 14, 2011 9:54 p.m.
Four Modesto men were named in a federal grand jury indictment of trafficking in counterfeit music and movies.

The Department of Justice said it was a large-scale operation and the grand jury returned a four-count indictment against eight men in total.

Jose Colorado Munoz; Alfredo Colorado; Miguel Gomez; Victor Puga Quiroz, of Modesto; Luis Coahuilas Puntos, of Merced; Eleazar Ortiz Gomez, of Sacramento; Carlos Benavidez Tejeda, of Sacramento; and Abel Fabela Zaragoza, of Sacramento, were charged with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and traffic in counterfeit labels.

The indictment alleges that Munoz, Colorado and Miguel Gomez managed a warehouse in San Jose that served as a distribution point for counterfeit music CDs and a manufacturing site for counterfeit movie DVDs. According to the indictment, Quiroz and Eleazar Gomez purchased large amounts of counterfeit CDs and DVDs from the warehouse for resale at various flea markets and other locations in Merced, Galt and elsewhere. Puntos assisted Quiroz, while Zaragoza and Tejeda assisted Eleazar Gomez, in selling the counterfeit CDs and DVDs, according to the Department of Justice.

Of the eight men, Munoz, Colorado and Miguel Gomez are still at large.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison for each count.

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