OPERATION COUNTER COPY:
CRIMINAL TRADEMARK/COPYRIGHT CASES
INVESTIGATED AND PROSECUTED BY
THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE FBI
- William Dylewicz, et al.: In Boston, on April 21,
1997, the President of Marco Polo International Inc. and an employee
were convicted of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and
criminal trademark violations. A third defendant pled guilty
to one count of conspiracy and three counts of trafficking in
counterfeit merchandise. The defendants were convicted for distributing
counterfeit leather handbags bearing the registered trademarks
Coach, Chanel, and Dooney & Bourke, and counterfeit Rolex
watches. These counterfeit goods were sold at flea markets throughout
New England. The case was investigated by the Boston Field Office,
and was prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Donald K. Stern and Assistant
U.S. Attorney James Rehnquist of the District of Massachusetts.
- John Botehlo: Botehlo was arraigned on April 7,
1997, in Bangor, Maine on an indictment charging conspiracy to
violate the criminal copyright statute. Botehlo was allegedly
involved in distributing copyright-infringing motion picture videos
to video rental outlets throughout Maine. This investigation
has already resulted in the discovery and forfeiture of more than
900 copyright infringing videos, and the conviction of one John
Curry, a rental video distributer, for criminal copyright infringement.
The case was investigated by the Boston Field Office and is being
prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Jay P. McCloskey and Assistant U.S.
Attorney James McCarthy of the District of Maine.
- Janet Back: A federal grand jury in New Hampshire
returned an indictment on May 1, 1997, against Back for one-count
of trafficking in counterfeit copyrighted computer software on
CD-ROMs. Back was allegedly importing CD-ROMs from China, and
supplied them to Larry Ianuzzi, for sale at Ianuzzi's store, CD-ROMS
Plus, in Salem, New Hampshire. Ianuzzi pled guilty in February
1995 to one count of trafficking in copyright-infringing CD-ROMS.
This case is being investigated by the Boston Field Office and
will be prosecuted by U. S. Attorney Paul M. Gagnon and Assistant
U.S. Attorney Arnold Huftalen of the District of New Hampshire.
- Andrew Leppo and Leo Cooney: In Boston, Leppo and
Cooney pled guilty to criminal trademark infringement for
the sale of more than $2.7 million infringing Single In-Line Memory
Modules (SIMMs), an internal memory storage device for IBM-compatible
personal computers. The SIMMs were labeled with the "IBM"
trademark, and packaged to look virtually identical to IBM SIMMs.
The defendants warranted, and purchasers believed, that these
SIMMs were genuine IBM memory. Sentencing has been scheduled
for May 17, 1997. The case was investigated by the Boston Field
Office, and was prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Donald K. Stern and
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeanne Kempthorne of the District of
- Looted Logos: In Greensboro, North Carolina, 27
defendants have been indicted since November 1995, for distributing
trademark-infringing apparel at the Lexington Wholesale Alley,
which served as a distribution center for fake goods for the entire
Southeast. FBI agents seized more than $1.7 million worth of
goods manufactured by NIKE, Calvin Klein, the Disney Company,
Dooney & Bourke, Ralph Lauren-Polo, Tommy Hilfinger, Guess?,
Addidas, Rolex, and others. Twenty-six defendants have pled guilty
thus far to 255 felony counts of trademark infringement, including
one on May 6, 1997, for 8 counts of trademark infringement. These
cases were investigated by the Charlotte Field Office, and prosecuted
by U.S. Attorney Walter C. Holton, Jr., and Assistant U.S. Attorney
Arnold Husser of the Middle District of North Carolina.
- Abdur Akram: Akram was charged on April 23, 1997,
with one count of trafficking in copyright infringing goods, after
he was arrested with 4500 allegedly counterfeit copies of motion
picture video cassettes and approximately 7500 allegedly counterfeit
copies of audio cassettes in his possession. The case is being
investigated by the Cleveland Field Office, and will be prosecuted
by U.S. Attorney Emily M. Sweeney and Assistant U.S. Attorney
Dan Polster of the Northern District of Ohio.
- Khalid Bader: Bader was indicted on April 29, 1997,
on five counts of manufacturing and distributing copyright infringing
music cassette tapes, and arrested on May 5, 1997. Bader's counterfeiting
factory was shut down, and more than $1.8 million worth of counterfeit
tapes were seized. This case is being investigated by the Dallas
Field Office, and will be prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins
and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Worley of the Northern District
- Two Seizures: On April 10, 1997, the FBI executed
a search warrant on a Dallas-area local computer distributer and
seized pirated Microsoft software valued at $88,500 and re-marked
(counterfeit) Intel Corporation central processing units (CPUs)
valued at more than $94,000. On April 25, 1997, the FBI seized
1,200 re-marked Intel Corp CPUs valued at more than $500,000.
This case is being investigated by the Dallas Field Office, and
will be prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins and Assistant
U.S. Attorney Jennifer Bolen of the Northern District of Texas.
- Hoseboom: In Detroit, 22 people were indicted for
criminal copyright infringement on April 23, 1997, for their alleged
role in a conspiracy to distribute more than 10,000 counterfeit
motion picture videos. The case was investigated by the Detroit
Field Office, and will be prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Saul A.
Green and Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Murphy of the Eastern
District of Michigan.
- Elaina Salerno: In Grand Rapids, Michigan, on April
25, 1997, Salerno was indicted on charges of distributing trademark
infringing leather goods. The case was investigated by the Detroit
Field Office, and will be prosecuted by United States Attorney
Michael H. Dettmer and Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Woods of
the Western District of Michigan.
- Fulton J. Hanson: In Minneapolis, a two-count indictment
for trafficking in copyrighted motion pictures was returned on
April 16, 1997, against Hanson, an owner of two video rental outlets,
for allegedly making unauthorized copies of copyrighted videotapes,
which he rented out to customers. The FBI began its investigation
when a consumer complained that a tape he rented at one of the
defendant's stores contained 10 minutes of a local Minneapolis
newscast at the beginning of the video. The case is being investigated
by the Minneapolis Field Office and will be prosecuted by U.S.
Attorney David E. Lillihaug and Assistant U.S. Attorney Wilhelmina
M. Wright of the District of Minnesota.
NEW HAVEN FBI:
- Mohammad Housseini, et al. : In New Haven, Connecticut,
a federal grand jury returned an indictment on May 6, 1997 against
Mohammad Housseini, Ebdolah Husseini, and Ali Khalil charging
conspiracy and trafficking in copyrighted motion pictures. This
case is being investigated by the New Haven Field Office, and
will be prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Christopher Droney and Assistant
U.S. Attorney Calvin Kurimai.
- Patrick Kennedy: Prior to the beginning of a trial
set to commence on April 4, 1997, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kennedy
pled guilty on March 27, 1997, to one count of trafficking in
counterfeit apparel. The defendant purchased second quality tee-shirts
for approximately $1 and then stenciled the registered trademarks
of such manufacturers as Guess, NIKE, No Fear, Bum Equipment,
Bugle Boy and Union Bay onto the tee-shirts. The estimated retail
value of defendant's counterfeiting operation is more than $300,000.
The case was investigated by the Omaha Field Office and was
prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Steven J. Rapp and Assistant U.S.
Attorney Stephanie Wright of the Northern District of Iowa.
SAN FRANCISCO FBI:
- Slipped Disc: In San Jose, California, two related
cases involving illegal production and distribution of copyright-infringing
software resulted in four guilty pleas on April 1, 4, and 28,
1997. In one case, Ian Szymanowski pled guilty to one count
of criminal copyright infringement. Between December 17, 1996
and January 16, 1997, Szymanowski had sold to an undercover FBI
agent more than 1,700 copies of CD-ROMs containing infringing
copies of popular business software and computer games. Szymanowski
smuggled the software in from Hong Kong, where he was able to
purchase them for about $5 or $6 apiece.
In a related case, Angel Martin, Yoabin Perez, and John Poth
each pled guilty to one count of criminal copyright infringement
for selling more than 2,700 infringing CD-ROMs. Some of these
CDROMs were supplied by Szymanowski. Both cases were investigated
by the San Francisco Field Office, in conjunction with the U.S.
Customs Service, and were prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Michael
J. Yamaguchi and Assistant U.S. Attorney Amber Rosen of the Northern
District of California.
- Inder and Geeta Deot: On April 30, 1997, a federal
grand jury in San Jose returned an indictment against Inder Dot
and Geeta Dot charging criminal copyright violations. The defendants
were indicted for their role in selling counterfeit Microsoft
computer software to Cindy Wang and Jean Liu, who in turn exported
the counterfeit software to Vancouver, Canada, where they owned
computer software outlets. Wang and Liu pled guilty in April
1996, and Liu pled guilty in March 1997, to trafficking in copyright
infringing material. Between January 1994 and October 1995, the
Deots allegedly sold counterfeit Microsoft software totaling more
than $500,000 to Wang and Liu. This case was investigated by
the San Francisco Field Office, in cooperation with the U.S. Customs
Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and will be prosecuted
by U.S. Attorney Michael J. Yamaguchi and Assistant U.S. Attorney
William Keane of the Northern District of California.
- John Hardin: On April 24, 1997, a federal grand
jury in Seattle returned a hree- count indictment against
Hardin charging him with trafficking in copyright infringing CD-ROMs
containing computer software. More than $50,000 worth of merchandise
was seized. This case is being investigated by the Seattle Field
Office and will be prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Katrina C. Pflaumer
and Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence Lincoln.
ST. LOUIS FBI:
- Mamadou Sow, et al.: On April 4, 1997, the FBI arrested
Sow, Hassani Koundourou, and Abdoulaya Fall, who were allegedly
selling counterfeit motion picture videos at a flea market in
St. Louis, Missouri, and seized approximately 2,300 counterfeit
video tapes. On April 20, 1997, a federal grand jury charged
each defendant with one count of trafficking in copyrighted material.
The case is being investigated by the St. Louis Field Office
and will be prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Edward L. Dowd, Jr., and
Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard Marcus of the Eastern District
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