Sacto 9-1-1
August 9, 2011
Sacramento man sentenced to prison for copyright infringement

A Sacramento man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for felony copyright infringement.

According to court documents, Yan Akhumov, 46, owned Music Land stores in West Sacramento, Citrus Heights and North Highlands. His rental and for sale inventory included unauthorized copies of Hollywood movies such as "The Godfather" and "Indiana Jones." In 2007, the FBI warned Akhumov not to distribute pirated works.

On July 6, 2009, agents searched his businesses and seized more than 80,000 CDs and DVDs, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. In his plea agreement, Akhumov admitted that among those disks were pirated materials worth between $70,000 and $120,000.

The case resulted from an investigation by the FBI and the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crime task Force.

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