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Two plead guilty to importing, selling counterfeit DVDs

Current and former Elk Grove residents accused of importing and selling counterfeit DVDs featuring children’s movies have pleaded guilty to trafficking counterfeit goods.

Xavier L. Johnson, 36, formerly of Elk Grove, and Kristin M. Caldwell, 35, an Elk Grove resident, entered guilty pleas Friday in federal court in Sacramento, according to a U.S. attorney’s office news release.

Between April 2008 and August 2011, Johnson and Caldwell imported counterfeit DVDs containing children’s movies from manufacturers in China and sold them over the internet, according to court documents. During that period, they ordered at least 43,589 counterfeit DVDs from a supplier in China.

In advertising on their website and in marketing emails, Johnson and Caldwell made false representations to consumers, indicating that the DVDs were in ‘limited supply” or “currently out of print,” when they had a virtually limitless supply, the news release said.

Johnson and Caldwell were charged in an indictment after receiving multiple letters from government agencies telling them that the shipments of DVDs were being seized at the border because they were counterfeit, according to the news release.

Johnson and Caldwell are to be sentenced Aug. 4 by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the FBI.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy