LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The owner of a Monterey Park retail store will spend a year in federal prison for the trafficking of DVDs with bogus trademarks of Dolby Laboratory Licensing Corp., a company responsible for sound quality in digital movies.
Jackie Weisheng Chen, 48, of Arcadia was sentenced late Monday by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess, who ordered the defendant to begin serving his prison term by Jan. 4, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Chen was the owner of Temia Media, which sold counterfeit movies from China, some of which were compilation disks featuring the Chinese and American movies starring such actors as Jet Li and Jackie Chan, federal prosecutors said. The case dates to the fall of 2010, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized three shipments destined for Tema containing nearly 5,000 DVDs with counterfeit Dolby trademarks, according to court papers.
After the third seizure and after two notices by CBP had failed to stop the unlawful conduct, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement obtained a search warrant for Tema Media and seized nearly 25,000 DVDs with counterfeit Dolby trademarks, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Despite the search and warnings about the counterfeit trademarks, Chen and an employee re-stocked store shelves and continued to sell the same DVDs with the same counterfeit Dolby trademarks, according to the government.
ICE agents then executed another search warrant at Tema and seized another 3,000 DVDs with counterfeit Dolby trademarks. Chen and employee Dong Qun “Melissa” Lin were arrested on the day of the second search.
Chen pleaded guilty in August 2011 to trafficking in counterfeit goods.
Lin, 43, was convicted last January of three counts of selling movies with counterfeit Dolby trademarks, as well as conspiring with Chen, and was sentenced to probation.
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