A federal grand jury in Virginia indictedeight men Tuesday on charges of conspiring to violate federal criminal copyright law by running an illegalstreaming servicethat cost television and film copyright owners millions of dollars.
The suspects operated Jetflicks, aLas Vegas-based subscription service that allowed users to download hundreds of thousands of programs without permission for a monthly fee, theJustice Departmentsaid in a statement.
The eight defendants have been identified as Kristopher Lee Dallmann, 36; Darryl Julius Polo, 36; Douglas M. Courson, 59; Felipe Garcia, 37; Jared Edward Jaurequi, 38; Peter H. Huber, 61; Yoany Vaillant, 38; and Luis Angel Villarino, 40. Each is charged with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, which carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.
Dallman and Polo additionally were charged with two counts of criminal copyright infringement by public performance, four counts of money laundering and two counts of criminal copyright infringement by reproduction or distribution.
“The defendants allegedly used sophisticated computer code to scour global pirate sites for new illegal content to download, process and store the shows, and then make those episodes available on servers in the United States and Canada to Jetflicks subscribers for streaming and/or downloading,” the DOJ said.
None of the defendants were in custody, prosecutors said. TheWashington Postreported the case is connected to the Eastern District of Virginia because several of the users who paid for the services lived in the area.
Polo left the Jetflicks programming team to start his own illegal competing service called iStreamItAll, investigators said. The service claimed to offer more than 115,000 TV episodes and more content thanNetflix,Huluand Amazon Prime, prosecutors said…Continue Reading