Modesto woman sentenced for counterfeit DVDs conspiracy

FRESNO, Calif. -  

Vicenta Munoz-Peralta, 39, of Modesto, was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison for conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and traffic in counterfeit labels and counterfeit documentation and packaging.

According to court documents, between April 2011 and July 25, 2011, Munoz-Peralta and others made copyright-infringing DVDs in a co-defendant’s garage in Modesto.

The garage contained blank disks, computers, and disk replicating machines, two copy machines, scanners, and approximately 50 printers. The Modesto house also stored several thousand counterfeit CDs and DVDs.

Munoz-Peralta managed the day-to-day operations of a distribution warehouse in Modesto. She was paid a monthly amount for the manufacturing of DVDs and the operation of the Modesto warehouse.

Munoz-Peralta operated vendor stands every week at the Modesto 7th Street Flea Market and sold counterfeit music CDs to the public and to other co-conspirators for resale. The total retail value of copyrighted media that was counterfeited in the conspiracy exceeded $2 million.

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