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Crime Trackers: Father and son plead guilty to pirating movies

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ORO VALLEY Ariz.-A father and son pleaded guilty to numerous felony charges involving movie pirating in August.

Oscar Rogelio Torres Sr. and Jr. were sentenced to probation and had to pay thousands of dollars in restitution.

The Oro Valley Police Department said the incident unfolded six months earlier when officers made a routine traffic stop.

Police said 26-year old Oscar Rogelio Torres Jr. was driving on a suspended license, and also had multiple warrants for his arrest.

News 4 Tucson obtained video from officer worn cameras. It showed OVPD patrol officers talking to him, opening the trunk of his vehicle, and that's when they discovered over 700 illegally downloaded movies.

Officers contacted Homeland Security Investigations and served a search warrant at the home where Torres was living.

Agents found computers, and laptops, disc burning drives, and over 500 DVD’s and ledgers of movies sold.

Oro Valley police public information Officer Sgt. Carmen Trevizo told News 4 Tucson, "There's evidence in the garage, there's evidence in multiple rooms in the home and so it certainly wasn't a secret that Oscar Torres Jr. was conducting and counterfeiting movies."

Among the items seized a handmade cardboard sign that read, DVD’s $1.00, and TV Series $5.00

After, investigators questioned Torres Sr. they determined he had full knowledge of what his son was doing and charged him as well.

The pair was indicted for trafficking stolen property, conspiracy, illegally conducting an enterprise, unlawful copying or sale of sounds or images from recording devices and counterfeit marks.

Some of the movies that were counterfeited were still in theaters.

Jacob Mueller of Global Eye Investigations was contracted by Motion Pictures Association of America to assist law enforcement. He said, “When a company has their intellectual property rights infringed upon, it costs them time, money and effort to go after the people that are counterfeiting their products, to conduct the investigations to pay for the investigations."

He added, "intellectual property rights violations can essentially cost the consumer money."

Scott Brown special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigation said, "Counterfeited branded merchandise is not a victimless crime, counterfeiters produce inferior products; they steal American jobs; and they support criminal organizations. Law enforcement and public education are critical to successfully address this crime."

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