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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Counterfeit DVD Trafficker Sentenced

 

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court on March 30, 2015, Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced CHRISTIAN PATRICK LUSARDI, 43,of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to 60 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release for Copyright Infringement and Trafficking in Counterfeit Labels. LUSARDI was ordered to pay $1,137,864.01 restitution.  LUSARDI previously pled guilty to these charges on September 2, 2014.

Investigation revealed that several boxes of counterfeit DVDs mailed from China were intercepted by the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  The boxes of counterfeit DVDs were controlled delivered to the identified address.  Shortly after the controlled delivery was complete, agents made contact with LUSARDI which resulted in the subsequent search of LUSARDI’s residence.  The search resulted in the discovery of over 35,500 counterfeit DVDs.  Investigation revealed that between June 2010 and July 2012, LUSARDI was in the business of receiving, manufacturing, and selling counterfeit DVDs in both the United States and Canada.  It was determined that LUSARDI received over $1.3 million in his PayPal account during this time period.


The investigation of this case was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Postal Inspection Service.  The prosecution of the case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Susan B. Menzer.

 

Updated July 16, 2015