Man accused of pirating DVD movies
BY JOSH MROZINSKI
Curtis Bynon, of RR2 Meshoppen, is also charged with 45 counts of criminal attempt trademark counterfeiting for allegedly telling police that he could provide 45 counterfeit movies.
He appeared for arraignment before Magisterial District Judge Carl Smith on Oct. 17 and a $5,000 unsecured bail was set.
Bynon is scheduled for a preliminary hearing today.
According to the criminal complaint, Wyoming County Chief Detective David Ide was told by a FBI agent and a Motion Picture Association of America investigator on Aug. 30 that an informant received 46 counterfeit DVD movies from Bynon.
The informant also told police that Bynon wanted to go to Lancaster, where he planned to trade 45 counterfeit movies for fitness equipment that he won on EBay.
The criminal complaint states that some of the movies Bynon possessed were still playing in the movie theater.
Using an alias, Ide contacted Bynon on Sept. 23 and arranged a meeting three days later in a parking lot at Wal-Mart in Eaton Township.
The criminal complaint states that Bynon agreed to provide Ide with 45 pirated DVD movies in exchange for a ride to Lancaster.
Bynon also told Ide that he possessed more than 7,500 movies and could get Ide any movie he wanted.
Around 7 a.m. on Sept. 26, Bynon met with Ide at the Wal-Mart parking and provided him with six DVD movies.
Police later determined the six DVDS to be counterfeit.
Bynon was arrested and he subsequently admitted to police that he had been selling pirated movies to some of his friends.