On Friday, it was announced that a 37-year-old man from Sacramento, California had been sentenced to prison. Xavier L. Johnson was sentenced to two years and six months in prison for trafficking in goods bearing counterfeit trademarks. The defendant has also been sentenced to three years of supervised release. Court documents show that from 2008 to 2011 Johnson and co-defendant, Kristin Caldwell, imported DVDs from China.
Those DVDs contained counterfeit versions of various children’s movies. The defendant and co-defendant sold the movies throughout the United States using websites and claiming they had obtained limited quantities of the movies. The DVDs contained numerous counterfeit trademarks, including the movie names, names of movie studios, and other terms registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
35-year-old Kristin M. Caldwell was sentenced to six months of home confinement on August 4, 2017. William L. Brown pleaded guilty on May 5, 2017. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 19, 2018. Additional details can be found here.