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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Orleans Man Indicted for Selling Counterfeit Movie DVDs and Music CDs

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DARNELL REED, age 40, of New Orleans, was charged today in a two-count Indictment with Criminal Copyright Infringement.

According to the Indictment, REED reproduced and distributed more than 10 copies of one or more various sound recordings and motion pictures, which were protected by copyright and have a total aggregate retail value of more than $2,500, for the purpose of commercial advantage and private financial gain.

On each count, REED faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, a fine of $250,000 and three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

U. S. Attorney Polite reiterated that the Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. 

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the United States Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations and Investigators from the Louisiana Department of Justice, Attorney General in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Loan AMimi@ Nguyen is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated November 21, 2014