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Authorities: Alabama man possessed thousands of counterfeit DVDs, CDs

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)

An Alabama man has been sentenced to 24 months in prison and three years of supervised release on charges of copyright infringement. He was also ordered to pay $7,500 in restitution to the Motion Picture Association of America.

Authorities say 54-year-old Johnson Augustus Powell of Hunstville, Ala., was found to be in possession of thousands of counterfeit CDs and DVDs. 

Powell pleaded guilty on November 12, 2013. 

"Louisiana State Police stopped Powell's vehicle August 10, 2011, on Interstate 10," said U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley in a news release. "During a search of the vehicle, State Police found 1,463 counterfeit DVD movies and 1,225 counterfeit music CDs. Powell surrendered the illegal materials and admitted that he was selling them for profit."

The Calcasieu Parish Anti-Drug Team also stopped Powell on November 30, 2011, on Interstate 10, for a traffic violation. 

Finley said that a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 1,085 counterfeit DVD movies and 836 counterfeit music CDs.

Powell was stopped a third time on April 4, 2012, by the Calcasieu Parish Anti-Drug Team on Interstate 10. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 511 counterfeit DVD movies and 423 counterfeit music CDs. 

"In January 2012, Powell turned over computer programs and equipment he used to counterfeit the media," said Finley.  

The Louisiana State Police, Calcasieu Parish Anti-Drug Team, and Homeland Security Investigations conducted this investigation. 

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