A member of the Internet piracy group IMAGiNE was sentenced to serve 23 months in prison, says the Department of Justice.
Javier E. Ferrer, 41, of New Port Richey, Fla., was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Henry C. Morgan in the Eastern District of Virginia. In addition to his prison term, Ferrer was sentenced to serve three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution.
On Nov. 29, 2012, Mr. Ferrer pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. Mr. Ferrer is the fifth member of the IMAGiNE Group who has been sentenced to prison for the copyright conspiracy.
On Sept. 13, 2012, Mr. Ferrer was charged in a criminal information for his role in the IMAGiNE Group, an organized online piracy ring releasing Internet copies of movies showing in theaters. Four other IMAGiNE Group members, including the group’s leader, were indicted on April 18, 2012, for their roles in the IMAGiNE Group.
According to testimony by a representative of the Motion Picture Association of America, the IMAGiNE Group constituted the most prolific motion picture piracy release group operating on the Internet from September 2009 through September 2011.