FIOD arrests suspects of illegal trade in DVDs and CDs

Last Tuesday, the FIOD (Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service) arrested three men as part of an international investigation by the National Public Prosecutor's Office for Financial, Economic and Environmental Offences into the large-scale trade in illegal DVDs and CDs.

A fourth suspect was arrested in Belgium. Six houses and seven companies in the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain were searched. The three suspects who were arrested in the Netherlands, have today been remanded in custody by order of the examining magistrate in Breda.

The suspects are a 42-year old man from Den Bosch, a 30-year old man from Eindhoven, a 38-year old man from Berkel-Enschot and a 43-year old man from Belgium (Turnhout). These persons are suspected of having violated as an organization the Copyright Act from 2006 to October 2010. They probably did so by wilfully producing and selling hundreds of thousands of DVDs and CDs. The DVDs and CDs with the latest music and films (which hadn't even appeared in cinemas) were packed in collector's boxes, which were sold in informal circles. The four men are also suspected of money laundering.

The FIOD has searched six houses in Den Bosch, Eindhoven, Berkel-Enschot, Doorn, Eersel and Belgium. Besides, companies in Eindhoven, Den Bosch, Goirle, Wijk en Aalburg, Tilburg, Belgium and Spain were searched. During the operation collector's boxes of DVDs and CDs, administration and an amount of more than 100,000 euros were confiscated. In a garage in Den Bosch almost 1000 kilos of illegal heavy firework were found. This firework was seized and removed by the Regional Environmental Team of the Police.

The FIOD investigation was initiated after having been reported to the police by Brein (Protection Rights Entertainment Industry Netherlands) in March 2007.

The Belgian suspect will appear before the examining magistrate in Breda on Monday.