AN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK SPECIALIZING IN THE SALE OF COUNTERFEIT DVDS AND MAIL FRAUD IS DISMANTLED
MONTREAL, Monday, June 23, 2003 - Last week, in a joint investigation, the RCMP and Canada Post, working in conjunction with the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, put an end to the illegal activities of a network that specialized in the sale and distribution of counterfeit DVDs when they raided a warehouse on Côte-de-Liesse Blvd. in Montreal. On the premises, the police officers found thousands of counterfeit DVDs, Canadian and US currency, postal money orders and counterfeit DVD jackets.
Two persons in their twenties have been arrested. They had been under investigation for several weeks further to a complaint filed by the Film and Video Security Office of the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association. The complaint made reference to the illegal distribution of films in DVD format on an Internet auction sales site. The investigation established that the DVDs sold on the Internet had been counterfeited in Asia and imported by a Montreal-based company.
The two suspects had also been under investigation for months by general security inspectors of the Canada Post Corporation for failure to pay postage rates in the amount of approximately $200,000. The investigation has confirmed that the two suspects were using mails to commit indictable offences.
The suspects might be required to appear in court at a later date to face charges of mail fraud contrary to subsection 380(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada. They might also be charged with distributing counterfeit DVD movies contrary to subsection 42(1) of the Copyright Act.
As a reminder, the Copyright Act and Trade Marks Act cover all consumer goods including software, books, music, clothing and accessories, jewellery, films and toys, i.e., everything that can be pirated or copied. Officers assigned to investigate offences of this nature focus on the illegal manufacture and distribution of copyrighted products.
Michel Blackburn, Constable
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Catherine Lortie, Communications Manager