POLICE IN GTA SINK LOCAL DVD PIRATES

TORONTO, April 12 /CNW/ - This spring, police in Peel, Toronto, York and Durham have all taken action to curb motion picture piracy in the Greater Toronto Area, seizing over 6,000 bogus DVDs from local retail outlets.

On April 4, 2006, Peel Regional Police executed a criminal search warrant at Time House Video, 888 Dundas St. E. in Mississauga and seized over 1,700 counterfeit DVDs containing Hollywood movies, some of which are still playing in theatres. The raid followed complaints received by the CMPDA from members of the public and is the second time in 8 months that police raided this store. Ping Hong "Peter" LAU, 47 yrs of Mississauga has been charged with Fraud & Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000.00.

On April 3, 2006, police from Toronto's 14 Division arrested what they thought was a suspected drug dealer cruising the Dundas and Augusta area in his van, only to find that the 'drugs' he was dealing were counterfeit credit cards and DVDs of Hollywood movies. Cheng Yong YAO, 24 yrs of Toronto has been charged with numerous credit card offences as well as Fraud & Possession Over $5,000.00 for the 900 plus DVDs found in his van.

On April 1, 2006, Toronto Police, 12 Division officers, arrested a flea market vendor at the Toronto Weston Flea Market on Old Weston Rd., who was doing a brisk business in selling pirated copies of current theatrical release movies and new release DVDs. Over 1,000 counterfeit DVDs were seized from a young offender at the booth. An adult, Guangyong LU, 24 yrs. of Toronto was
also arrested. They have both been charged with Fraud & Possession Over $5,000.00.

On March 29, Durham Region police cautioned a Pickering Variety store owner caught trying to sell bogus DVDs of Hollywood movies not yet released on DVD. The store owner was lucky that police didn't arrest him this time but did have to give up the movies he hadn't yet sold. Durham police also continued their investigation into a vendor at the Courtice Flea Market after 216 counterfeit DVDs were seized at the market earlier in the month.

On March 10, 2006, police from Toronto's downtown 52 Division arrested an enterprising street vendor trying to cash-in on popular Hollywood movies by selling pirated DVDs from a curbside table. Hoa Trung NGUYEN, 41 yrs of Toronto was charged with Fraud & Possession Under $5,000.00. He appeared in court on March 13, 2006 and after pleading guilty was sentenced to 45 days in jail.

On March 3, 2006, officers from York Regional Police, responding to complaints from members of the public, arrested the proprietor of the Image & Sound store at the Times Square Mall, 550 Hwy 7 East in Richmond Hill. Over 1,900 bogus DVDs of Hollywood movies were seized from the store. Tse-Kit "Jack" NG, 40 yrs. of Markham, Ontario has been charged with Fraud & Possession Over $5,000.00.

"We greatly appreciate the efforts of the police in these investigations", said Serge Corriveau, Vice-President of the CMPDA's Anti-
Piracy Operation. "Retail DVD piracy is a growing problem in the Toronto area and so has the adverse effect on legitimate DVD sales and box office revenues", said Corriveau.

The Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association is the Canadian affiliate of the Motion Picture Association, the international counterpart of the Motion Picture Association of America and represents a number of major U.S. motion picture studios in the Canadian distribution of feature films, television, pay TV and home video.

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