United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Eight Indicted for Large-scale Counterfeit Media Operation
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
CONTACT: Lauren Horwood
January 13, 2011
PHONE: (916) 554-2706
FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that a
federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging Jose Colorado Munoz, Alfredo
Colorado, Miguel Gomez, Victor Puga Quiroz, all of Modesto; Luis Coahuilas Puntos, of
Merced; Eleazar Ortiz Gomez, of Sacramento; Carlos Benavidez Tejeda, of Sacramento; and
Abel Fabela Zaragoza, of Sacramento, with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright
infringement and traffic in counterfeit labels. The ages of the defendants have not yet been
The indictment alleges that Munoz, Colorado, and Miguel Gomez managed a warehouse
in San Jose that served as a distribution point for counterfeit music CDs and a manufacturing site
for counterfeit movie DVDs. The indictment further alleges that Quiroz and Eleazar Gomez
purchased large amounts of counterfeit CDs and DVDs from the warehouse for resale at various
flea markets and other locations in Merced, Galt, and elsewhere. Puntos assisted Quiroz, while
Zaragoza and Tejeda assisted Eleazar Gomez, in selling the counterfeit CDs and DVDs.
Zaragoza and Tejeda are in custody and scheduled for arraignment in Sacramento at
2:00 p.m. Puntos, Quiroz, and Eleazar Gomez are set to appear in Fresno at 1:30 p.m. Munoz,
Colorado, and Miguel Gomez are at large.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and
the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force. Assistant United States Attorneys Henry Z.
Carbajal III and Brian W. Enos are prosecuting the case.
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison for
each count. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after
consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which
take into account a number of variables.
The charges are only allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and
unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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