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Columbia couple plead guilty in federal court to selling counterfeit Disney movies on eBay

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)

A Columbia couple pleaded guilty in federal court to smuggle counterfeit Disney DVDs into the United States and sell them on eBay.

Tabitha Rodgers, 42, pleaded guilty to one felony count of criminal copyright infringement for profit. Clint Rodgers, 48, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of criminal infringement of a copyright.

In July 2014, Homeland Security Investigations reported that Clint received more than 443 shipments of counterfeit DVDs from overseas. Officials seized two shipments and found 200 counterfeit “Beauty and the Beast” DVDs and another shipment contained 260 counterfeit “Aladdin” DVDs.

In August 2015, HSI agents executed a search warrant at the Rodgers’ residence and seized an assortment of counterfeit goods, including numerous counterfeit Disney DVDs.

Tabitha will have a fine from the government and face up to five years in federal prison without parole.

Clint Rodgers is subject to a sentence of up to one year in federal prison without parole.

Karl Wehmhoener

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