Sacto 9-1-1
November 7, 2011
Sacramento man pleads guilty to counterfeit music, movie sales

A Sacramento man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Fresno to conspiring to sell counterfeit music and movie CDs and DVDs.

Eleazar Gomez Ortiz, also known as Eleazar Ortiz Gomez, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and traffic in counterfeit labels, illicit labels and counterfeit documentation and packaging, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to the plea agreement, from January to November 2010, Gomez procured several thousand counterfeit music CDs and motion picture DVDs on a regular basis from a warehouse in San Jose. Gomez, along with co-conspirators, then sold the counterfeit CDs and DVDs to the public at the Galt Market, a flea market in Galt, and other flea markets in the Sacramento area.

Gomez converted the garage at his Sacramento home into a video and music store, complete with aisles and shelving, and sold counterfeit media from the garage, officials said.

On November 16, 2010, more than 10,000 counterfeit DVDs and more than 24,000 counterfeit music CDs were seized from Gomez's residence and vehicle, according to the news release.

Gomes is to be sentenced Jan. 23 by Chief U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii.

The case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force. Officials said charges are pending against six other defendants in the case.

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