Posted: Feb 28, 2013 4:45 PM by Ben Lloyd - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Feb 28, 2013 10:45 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A federal grand jury has returned an indictment on two counts of copyright infringement against Joe Anthony Silvas of Corpus Christi. A warrant is now out for his arrest. Silvas is part of a Homeland Security investigation into the sale of bootleg DVDs and CDs in Corpus Christi.
If convicted, Silvas faces up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.
Last February, KRIS/KZTV reporter Lindsay Curtis visited the flea market to look into the sales of counterfeit movies. One vendor threw his drink at our cameraman in attempt to make him leave.
We also visited the Bomb Records along S.P.I.D. When we confronted store owner Joe Silvas about the counterfeit goods behind the shelf, he told us they would be removed.
Federal agents showed up at the store in August and left with boxes full of DVDs, laptop computers, DVD players and large computers. On the same day, agents searched the flea market on Agnes and three homes in Corpus Christi.
Prosecutors say a total of seven people are under indictment:
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