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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


MATT J. WHITWORTH


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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APRIL 28, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


THREE MEN INDICTED FOR TRAFFICKING

IN COUNTERFEIT DVDS, CDS


GRANDVIEW MAN CHARGED WITH ILLEGALLY RECORDING

MOVIE AT LEE’S SUMMIT THEATER


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Matt J. Whitworth, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that three men have been indicted by a federal grand jury, in separate and unrelated cases, for trafficking in counterfeit DVDs and CDs. Among those defendants is a Grandview, Mo., man charged with using a camcorder to illegally record a movie at a Lee’s Summit, Mo., theater.


            Robert L. Henderson, 41, of Grandview, and Reginald R. Collier, 26, and Stephen Garrett, 34, both of Kansas City, Mo., were charged in separate indictments that were returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Tuesday, March 10, 2009. Those indictments have been unsealed and made public upon the arrests and initial court appearances of each defendant. Henderson was arrested yesterday and had his initial appearance this afternoon. Collier and Garrett were both arrested on March 16, 2009, and remain on bond.


            The federal indictment alleges that Henderson used a video camera to record “The Dark Knight” on July 18, 2008. Henderson was arrested at Dickinson Eastglen 16 Theatre in Lee’s Summit on that day.


            Henderson was also charged with one count of copyright infringement for reproducing and distributing copies of motion pictures between May 1 and July 18, 2008. Henderson was also charged with one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods and one count of trafficking in counterfeit labels during that time period, related to the attempted sale of 1,240 DVDs containing unauthorized copies of motion pictures.


            A forfeiture allegation is also contained in the indictment, which would require Henderson to forfeit to the government a digital video camcorder, two laptop computers, four desktop computers, the counterfeit DVDs and numerous blank DVDs and empty DVD cases.


            Collier was charged with one count of copyright infringement for reproducing and distributing copies of motion pictures and music between Aug. 16, 2006, and Jan. 30, 2007. Collier was also charged with one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods and one count of trafficking in counterfeit labels during that time period, related to the attempted sale of 1,355 DVDs containing unauthorized copies of motion pictures and 994 music CDs containing unauthorized copies of sound recordings.


            A forfeiture allegation is also contained in the indictment, which would require Collier to forfeit to the government a laptop computer, three DVD burners, a CD recorder and other equipment used to commit the alleged offense, as well as the counterfeit DVDs and CDs.


            Garrett was charged with one count of copyright infringement for reproducing and distributing copies of motion pictures and music between May 25 and June 21, 2006. Garrett was also charged with one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods and one count of trafficking in counterfeit labels during that time period, related to the attempted sale of 1,203 DVDs containing unauthorized copies of motion pictures and 216 music CDs containing unauthorized copies of sound recordings.


            A forfeiture allegation is also contained in the indictment, which would require Garrett to forfeit to the government a digital video camcorder, two desktop computers, a laptop computer, two DVD burners, two X-box 360 and two X-box video game consoles, five printers, two scanners, two portable DVD players, a router, several hundred blank DVDs, and $1,200, as well as the counterfeit DVDs and CDs.


            Whitworth cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew P. Wolesky. They were investigated by the Lee’s Summit, Mo., Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., and the Recording Industry Association of America, Inc.

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