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Federal Jury Finds Ocala Man Guilty Of Copyright Infringement

July 26, 2012

Orlando, FL - A federal jury found Raul Zaragoza-Vaquero (31, Ocala) guilty of criminal infringement of a copyright for commercial advantage and private gain yesterday. Zaragoza-Vaquero is a Mexican National, living in Ocala, Florida. He faces up to five years in federal prison and up to $250,000 in fines. He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Charlene E. Honeywell on October 16, 2012, in Orlando, Florida.

According to testimony and evidence introduced during trial, from about August 2007 through at least April 10, 2012, Zaragoza-Vaquero sold counterfeit CDs at the Webster Flea Market in Sumter County, Florida. The items sold were large quantities of illegally infringed copyrighted material. Undercover agents with U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations recovered more than 16,000 counterfeit CDs, CD recording towers, more than 2,000 empty jewel cases, printers, commercial shrink wrap, and paper cutting machines from Zaragoza-Vaquero's home.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Russell C. Stoddard.









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