Shreveport man reports robbery, busted for counterfeit items

Shreveport man reports robbery, busted for counterfeit items
Caddo Parish Jail

POSTED: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 12:49pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 12:55pm

CADDO PARISH, LA (KMSS) — A local man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly possessing more than $19,000 worth of film and recording industries in counterfeit DVDs and CDs.

Sheriff Steve Prator told KMSS that detectives arrested Howard Williams, 57, for counterfeiting or possessing counterfeit labels. Shreveport police officers caught him with more than 2,400 bootleg DVDs and CDs in March. Authorities made the discovery responding to a report that Williams had been robbed while selling merchandise on the street.

Over the next several weeks, investigators worked with representatives of the Motion Picture Association of America and Recording Industry Association of America to verify that the DVDs and CDs were counterfeit. Williams was charging $1 a piece for counterfeit DVDs like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs II, Gravity, and Fast and Furious 5 and CDs by John Legend, R Kelly, and Michael Jackson. If purchased legally, the industries would have profited by $19,277.24.

Williams was arrested on Tuesday at his home in Shreveport and was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center.

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