SACRAMENTO -- Three men, including a 22-year-old San Jose resident, pleaded guilty to federal charges related to a large movie and music counterfeiting operation, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

Prosecutors said Otto Godinez-Sales had a number of warehouses in the San Jose area from which he sold CDs and DVDs containing pirated media.

According from a Justice Department news release, "In many instances, the copyrighted movies being trafficked by the defendants were still in theatrical release and not yet available for purchase in the home DVD market."

The other two parties, Francisco Martinez-Cruz, 34, and Soledad Garcia-Venegas, 31, would buy movies from Godinez-Sales and sell them at flea markets in Glenn and Yuba counties.

The two buyers, both Orland men, bought and sold about 25,000 CDs or DVDs containing counterfeit copyrighted works over the course of their involvement with Godinez-Sales, prosecutors said.

The three were arrested in February 2013 and have been in custody since. They all entered guilty pleas on Wednesday, and face a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 at their sentencing, scheduled for May 14.

The case is the result of an investigation by the FBI and the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, a collaboration of 32 law enforcement agencies.

Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.



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