SOFTWARE PIRATE IN ARIZONA GETS LOCKED UP

The Glendale Arizona Police Department just locked up a software pirate, who was “burning” on demand. The subject posted on the internet that he would provide any type of software you wanted. All you needed to do was place your order and give him twenty minutes and he would deliver whatever it was that you needed.

Not a bad deal for him, as he would charge his customers about $ 20.00 for every program and each program cost him under $ 1.00 to make. That is a sizeable profit margin. We are all in the wrong business! Maybe not, the pirate ended up going to jail and is now facing felony charges.

The Glendale PD has been one of the leading agencies on the forefront of fighting counterfeit crimes in Arizona. Great work…again!

By Kris Buckner, Investigative Consultants

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THE MOBILE SHOE STORE

The Moreno Valley PD took out a pair of “not so bright” counterfeit shoe salesmen. The pair were operating a mobile store. They named the business after themselves. How cute!

The “not so bright” team did not stop there. They had business cards printed up with all their contact information and they also used a trademarked logo. Not a very good idea when you are selling counterfeit kicks. So much for not bringing attention to yourself while you are engaging in criminal activity.

Well, Moreno Valley PD put a quick stop to their business venture when they caught the “not so bright” duo slinging counterfeit kicks from their mobile store that was set up in their van. The vast business empire is now defunct as the subjects are now looking for another line of work and no longer offering counterfeit kicks.

By Kris Buckner, Investigative Consultants

OREGON STATE POLICE TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO A GOOD FIND

A Senior Trooper was working an interdiction detail out of the Madras Worksite when he conducted a traffic stop involving a subject who was en route from Fresno, CA to Pasco, WA via Oregon on US 97. The Senior Trooper seized a large amount of pirated music CDs that were destined to be sold at a store in Kennewick, WA. The Senior Trooper also seized fraudulent government identification cards and Hydrocodone pills.

The subject was arrested and lodged at the Jefferson County, Oregon jail. The Senior Trooper’s effort is just another example of the extraordinary enforcement and interdiction work being done by the Oregon State Police on a daily basis.

By Kris Buckner, Investigative Consultants

52 HOOVER BUSINESS HIT BY THE LAPD

A known and admitted member of the 52 Hoover Street Gang was recently arrested by the LAPD’s 77th Vice Unit for trademark counterfeiting and a felon being in possession of ammunition. The case all started when Officers of the Vice Unit realized that a local business was the center of suspected gang activity. The officers did their homework and realized that the business was being operated and controlled by a member of the 52 Hoover street gang.

The gang member, who according to court records has prior arrests for murder, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and narcotics violations was operating the business along Manchester Blvd. It was suspected that the gangster was possibly selling counterfeit goods from the store and who knows what else. The LAPD arranged for multiple undercover purchases to be made from the location. Guess what, the LAPD’s thought that the gangster was selling counterfeit goods was correct.

The gang member was selling counterfeit jeans. Based on the evidence obtained of the counterfeit sales, the LAPD’s 77th Vice Unit was able to obtain a search warrant for the location. The LAPD did an outstanding job thinking outside the box and looking into the possibility that counterfeit merchandise was being sold from the location. The sales of counterfeit goods are what gave them their “in” to get a search warrant for the location. Gangs and counterfeiting is a growing trend.

The LAPD served the search warrant and not only recovered counterfeit merchandise, but they also recovered ammunition that the gangster is prohibited from possessing. The LAPD did an outstanding job investigating this matter and the subject has now been charged with multiple felonies by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The news media picked up on this case and decided to do a feature on gangs and counterfeit goods. You can CLICK HERE to view the news piece. Another gang operation is disrupted by the great work of the LAPD’s 77th Vice Unit! Gangs and counterfeiting is a growing problem that must be stamped out.

By Kris Buckner, Investigative Consultants

PIRATE WITH A CHECKERED PAST NABBED IN SOFTWARE STING

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Departments, CAPE Team and HSI’s Intellectual Property Rights Group nabbed a software pirate who was manufacturing all types of software from his home.

The subject turned out to be a very interesting character. Turns out that the subject did not treat his former girlfriends very well as is evident by the many postings on the internet that they posted about him and how he was not a good boyfriend and was also involved in the distribution of pirated software. Beware of who you cross if you are involved in criminal activity as they might just blast out “your business” on the internet.

Investigators made multiple undercover purchases from the subject. Law enforcement obtained a search warrant for the subject’s home. When law enforcement served the warrant, the subject was not at home, so they used their “key” to get inside the location. Deputies and Agents began their search of the location and guess what; the subject strolled up to the location carrying a large quantity of blank disks that he was planning on turning into pirated software.

It turned out that the subject had an extensive criminal history and was wanted in the State of New York. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has filed felony trademark counterfeiting charges against the subject.

 

By Kris Buckner, Investigative Consultants