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NE Tenn. ringleader in DVD pirate case avoids jail time

Matthew Lane • Sep 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM

GREENEVILLE — The ringleader of a group of Northeast Tennessee residents who pirated and sold thousands of DVD movies to friends, family and co-workers over a five-year period will not be serving any jail time, but he will have to pay more than $275,000 for his crimes.

Richard and Melissa Arnold, Kristen Bailey (of Unicoi County and sister to Melissa) and Reginald Garner were indicted in U.S. District Court in Greeneville in May 2011 on a five-count indictment charging them with copyright infringement and dealing in counterfeit labels. Richard Arnold was also charged with defrauding and making false statements to the Social Security Administration.

The charges against the Arnolds stem from the pirating and selling of thousands of DVD movies from 2005 to 2010; Bailey and Garner sold many and gave away some of the movies for the Arnolds, to friends, family members and co-workers.

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