A federal grand jury returned an indictment Thursday charging 33 year-old Francisco Martinez-Cruz and 31 year old Soledad Garcia-Venegas both of Orland with criminal copyright infringement and conspiracy.
According to court documents, Martinez-Cruz and Garcia-Venegas would transport counterfeit CD’s and DVD’s from San Jose to Glenn County and Yuba County to sell them. They are also charged with one count of copyright infringement for selling counterfeit copyright goods and one count of trafficking in goods with counterfeit trademarks.
The FBI and Sacramento High Tech Crimes Task Force assisted with the investigation which dates from July 2012 to February 2013.
The maximum statutory penalty for conspiracy or copyright infringement is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum penalty for trafficking counterfeit goods is 10 years in prison and a $2 million fine.
Also charged with criminal copyright infringement and conspiracy is 21 year-old Otto Godinez-Sales of San Jose who allegedly maintained and operated the warehouse in San Jose.