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METAIRIE MAN IS SENTENCED FOR PIRATING AND SELLING OVER $123,000
WORTH OF CDS AND DVDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 08, 2012

LAWRENCE DEJEAN, age 38, a resident of Metairie, Louisiana, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt to five (5) years of probation, including one (1) year of home confinement and one hundred (100) hours of community service and a $3,000 fine after pleading guilty to criminal infringement of a copyright, announced United States Attorney Jim Letten. DEJEAN was also ordered to pay the Motion Picture Association of American $1,817.33 in restitution.

According to court documents, on December 11, 2010, agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations encountered DEJEAN at a booth at the Algier’s Flea Market selling pirated CDs and DVDs. He had, in his possession, approximately 10,562 pirated discs containing copyrighted works. Immediately afterward, agents executed a search warrant on a storage facility DEJEAN rented, in which they found, identified, and confiscated over 4,800 additional pirated CDs and DVDs. In total, the collective retail value of the pirated discs seized from DEJEAN was approximately $123,160.00.

The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg.

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