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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Windsor Man Sentenced To Prison For Making And Selling Bootlegged Dvds And Cds


Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOHN W. RICE, 41, of Windsor, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for producing and selling thousands of pirated CDs and DVDs.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between 2000 and 2013, doing business as “Dr. Jay’s Entertainment,” RICE manufactured copies of motion pictures, television shows, and music that were copyrighted works, using recordable blank DVDs and CDs.  RICE also produced labels for the discs and paper inserts for the cases in which the pirated works were sold.  RICE set up tables in various locations on which he displayed and sold the bootlegged merchandise, and also advertised and sold the materials over the Internet through Facebook.

The government seized a total of 8,913 DVDs and 11,410 CDs from RICE and Dr. Jay’s Entertainment.

For the past 13 years, the sale of counterfeit media has constituted RICE’s only source of income, and RICE has admitted that he could make up to $300,000 annually from the illegal sales.

RICE also structured cash deposits into his bank account.  In addition, in November 2012, RICE withdrew from his account $39,237.23 in cash derived from his criminal activity in order to purchase a cashier’s check payable to BMW of West Springfield.

RICE has forfeited $48,195.42 seized from his bank account, as well as a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette and a 2012 BMW 650i that he had purchased, but had registered in the names of third-parties.

On April 25, 2014, RICE pleaded guilty to one count of criminal copyright infringement and one count of money laundering.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, Homeland Security Investigations and the Hartford Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.

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