Sacto 911

Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Counterfeit CD, DVD sales at area flea markets lead to four-year prison sentence

07/23/2014 4:42 PM

07/23/2014 4:44 PM

A San Jose man has been sentenced to four years in prison for his role in a copyright infringement conspiracy that involved selling counterfeit music and video CDs and DVDs at flea markets in Glenn and Yuba counties.

Otto Godinez-Sales, 22, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller for conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, Godinez-Sales maintained a number of warehouses in the San Jose area, where he sold CDs and DVDs containing counterfeit music and movies. The music and movies were protected under United States copyright laws. In many instances, authorities said, the copyrighted movies being trafficked were still in theatrical release and not yet available for purchase in the home DVD market.

Co-defendants Francisco Matrinez-Cruz, 34, and Soledad Garcia-Venegas, 32, both of Orland, were customers at Godinez-Sales’ San Jose warehouses, and transported the CDs and DVDs to sell at the Gonzalez Flea Market in Glenn County and the Marysville Flea Market in Yuba County. Over the course of the conspiracy, authorities said, Martinez-Cruz and Garcia-Venegas were responsible for trafficking approximately 25,000 CDs or DVDs containing counterfeit copyrighted works.

Martinez-Cruz was sentenced to 21 months in prison, and Garcia-Venegas, to 18 months in prison.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, which combines the efforts of 32 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in the Eastern District of California. Assisting in the case were the Sacramento Intellectual Property Rights Task Force, Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team of San Jose, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, Marysville Police Department, Glenn County Sheriff’s Office and the Glenn County District Attorney’s Office.

Sacto 911 Staff

Bill Lindelof

Cathy Locke

Andy Furillo
Superior Court

Denny Walsh
Federal Court

More Sacto 911


Send news tips

Sign up for breaking news alerts

Arrest Logs

Crime Q&A

Sacramento Bee reporter Cathy Locke answers your questions about crime news, trends and issues. Look up specific cases using Arrest Logs and Sacramento Superior Courts case database.

Submit your question


Join the Discussion

The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service