UPDATE: Counterfeit crackdown nets guilty plea

JACKSON – Mississippi’s crackdown on counterfeit products has netted a guilty plea from a Tupelo flea market vendor, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Harold Wayne Hunt, 69, of Cullman, Alabama, pleaded guilty Wednesday (November 18) before Judge Paul S. Funderburk to one felony count of Unauthorized Sale of Recordings, Miss. Code Ann. section 97-23-87(3)(a)(i), in the Circuit Court of Lee County, Mississippi. Mr. Hunt was sentenced to three years in prison. The prison sentence was suspended and defendant was placed on reporting probation for three years . He was also ordered to pay $1,000 to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund, $2,500 to the Attorney General’s Office for investigative costs and expenses, plus court costs.

Mr. Hunt was indicted following an investigation which revealed he was selling counterfeit compact discs at the North Mississippi the Flea Market in Tupelo. Over 1,000 counterfeit compact discs were seized from Mr. Hunt on October 11, 2008, in a joint effort between the Attorney General’s Office and the Tupelo Police Department.

“This is a fine example of the cooperation between our office, local authorities, and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), in our efforts to halt the spread of counterfeit products and protect intellectual property rights in Mississippi,” stated Attorney General Jim Hood.

Attorney General Office Press Release