TORONTO, July 25, 2012 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
- Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Customs & Excise Section have disrupted a
crime group allegedly involved in a multi-million dollar illegal DVD
manufacturing & distribution operation within the GTA.
Over the past week, the RCMP executed Search Warrants at a Markham
residence and 6 business booths, at 3 Flea Market locations in the GTA.
RCMP investigators seized approximately 100,000 counterfeit DVDs, 114
DVD burners, $5,600.00 in cash and tens of thousands of packaging
materials (such as plastic sleeves, jewel cases and blank DVDs) that
were allegedly used to produce and distribute the counterfeit DVDs. The
DVDs included new North American titled movies currently playing in the
Charged with Fraud, contrary to section 380(1) of the Criminal Code
(CC), Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, contrary to section 354
CC, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime for Purpose of
Trafficking, contrary to Section 355 CC and with one count each
contrary to the Copyright Act are:
FANG, YuQian (aka Jimmy CHEN), 32 years of age;
CHEN, Lan Qin, 49 years of age;
CHEN, Zifan, 23 years of age;
ZHUANG, Ting, 28 years of age; 5. WANG, Shuting, 24 years of age;
XIE, Jian Qing, 65 years of age.
The investigation is ongoing and first appearance for the accused is
scheduled for August 24, 2012 at the Brampton court house.
"Intellectual property crime has a negative impact on legitimate
businesses. Criminal organizations involved in criminal piracy
enterprises reap profits without regard for the negative impact their
activities have on the economy." said Inspector Greg JOHNSON, Officer
in Charge of the RCMP's GTA Customs & Excise Section.
The public are reminded to look for a number of signs - the '4 Ps' -
that could indicate a product is counterfeit:
1) Package: Examine the packaging and look for spelling errors or
2) Product: Is the quality and appearance of the product
3) Price: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
4) Place: Buy from reputable retailers and use extra diligences when
purchasing items on the Internet.
Photos related to this investigation may be viewed by visiting the
following site and clicking on the associated news release: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/on/news-nouvelles/index-eng.htm
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information:
S/Sgt Tony Gollob
RCMP Greater Toronto Area
Customs and Excise Section
(905) 697-6000 ext 272
Sgt Richard Rollings
RCMP Media Relations