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

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.