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Movie bootlegger busted in global piracy ring, FBI says

Part of the theatrical release poster for "Hannah Montana: The Movie" Wikipedia

(CBS) CHICAGO - The curtain has come down on an international movie bootlegger, according to the FBI.

CBS Chicago reports that Gerardo Arellano, wanted for his role in a global piracy ring that illegally duplicates and distributes first-run motion pictures, was arrested outside his home last week.

Arellano was named in an indictment returned last October and unsealed this past Friday, the station reported.

He's charged with two felony counts - unauthorized trafficking of a motion picture and unauthorized recording of a motion picture, the FBI said in a news release.

Arellano has been under investigation since 2009, when he was arrested by South Barrington, Ill. police for sitting in a local theater videotaping "Hannah Montana: The Movie" as it played on the screen.

The FBI says a search of his home, then in Hoffman Estates, Ill., uncovered thousands of illegally duplicated movies, as well as black CDs and DVDs and high-speed dubbing equipment.

If convicted in the federal case, Arellano could be sentenced to eight years in prison.

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