Updated at 3:20 p.m. with a quote from Assistant United States Attorney Erik M. Silber.
A United States District Court judge sentenced an Arcadia man to a year and a day in federal prison late Monday for trafficking more than 30,000 DVDs with bogus Dolby trademarks.
Judge Gary A. Feess ordered Jackie Weisheng Chen to report to prison by Jan. 4, 2013. Chen's employee, 42-year-old Dong Qun Lin (a.k.a Melissa), was convicted in January 2012 and sentenced to probation last April.
"There was a tremendous amount of notice in this case," Assistant United States Attorney Erik M. Silber said. "It's greed...Even though they had the opportunity to correct the behavior, they chose to pursue the money."
Chen, 48, sold the counterfeit DVDs from China through his Monterey Park store, Temia Media. The DVDs had fake trademarks of sound-quality company Dolby Laboratory Licensing Corporation.
United States Department of Justice officials said Chen first came to the attention of federal agents two years ago, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized three shipments containing nearly 5,000 DVDs with the counterfeit Dolby trademarks.
Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations team then obtained a search warrant for Temia Media, where they discovered shelves stocked with nearly 25,000 counterfeit DVDs.
Despite several warnings following the raid, Chen and Lin continued selling DVDs with the bogus Dolby trademarks, prompting federal agents to search the store a second time in May 2011.
They seized an additional 3,000 DVDs and arrested Chen, along with Lin.
"Intellectual property crimes are serious offenses…and we intend to vigorously pursue them," Silber said.