Investigators say woman had 'several thousand' bootleg DVDs

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 8:13 p.m. CDT; updated 8:51 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 24, 2014

COLUMBIA – A 46-year-old Columbia woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of counterfeiting and selling thousands of DVDs, according to a media release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department's Cyber Crimes Task Force.

In January, the Motion Picture Association of America received a complaint that a mid-Missouri resident was selling copyrighted movies over an "Internet based swap and shop website," according to the release.

According to the release, undercover investigators paid the woman for two DVDs, which she then mailed to them. They traced the origin of her package to a Boone County address, for which they obtained a search warrant, according to the news release. They searched the residence, seizing computers and several thousand copyright-protected movies written to DVDs, which they think were downloaded from Internet file-sharing programs.

Investigators arrested Cathy Ann Serino of 7104 I-60 Drive S.E. on suspicion of counterfeiting copyright-protected movies.

Serino was being held at Boone County Jail on $4,500 bond.

Supervising editor is Adam Aton.

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