MediaMuv L.L.C. Principal Guilty of Stealing Millions in Music Royalties Sentenced to 70 Months
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Jose Teran, 38, of Scottsdale, Arizona was sentenced on June 26, 2023, by United States District Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 70 months in prison for his part in one of the largest music-royalty frauds ever perpetrated.
Teran pleaded guilty to Conspiracy, Wire Fraud, and Transactional Money Laundering on February 3, 2023. Teran’s plea followed a November 6, 2021, indictment in which a federal grand jury charged him and his co-conspirator, Webster Batista, with 30 felony counts involving Conspiracy, Wire Fraud, Transactional Money Laundering, and Aggravated Identity Theft. In pleading guilty, Teran admitted to conspiring with Batista to monetize music on Y.T., which he had no lawful rights to monetize or otherwise control. Teran further admitted that he and Batista created the entity MediaMuv L.L.C. for the purpose of stealing royalty proceeds. In particular, Teran admitted that he and Batista falsely claimed to own, and thereby stole the royalty proceeds from, more than 50,000 song titles. In total, Teran and Batista received approximately $23,400,000 from their fraudulent scheme.
Batista pleaded guilty to Conspiracy and Wire Fraud in April 2022. He will be sentenced in August 2023.
Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant United States Attorneys Raymond K. Woo and Seth T. Goertz, District of Arizona, Phoenix, are handling the prosecution.
If you believe you were defrauded by the defendants in this case, and would like further information, please visit: https://www.justice.gov/usao-az/programs/victim-notifications/US-v-Webster-Batista-Fernandez-et-al.
CASE NUMBER: CR-21-0955-PHX-DLR
RELEASE NUMBER: 2023-101_Teran
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Diana L. Varela
Updated June 28, 2023
Press Release Number: 2023-101_Teran