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Pirating movies lands a Memphis couple behind bars

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Shelby County couple Nekeedia and Gregory Miller have been charged with possessing counterfeit material and for illegally recording movies at the Malco Theater in Collierville.

Police caught Nekeedia Miller illegally recording the animated blockbuster Monster's University on June 22.

According to the affidavit, Miller had a drink cup, punched a hole in the side, placed a small video camera inside, pointed at the screen and illegally recorded the movie off the screen.

When police followed Miller to her apartment, they confiscated not just one, but nearly 12,000 DVD movies that had been illegally copied. Investigators found another 120 bootleg videos in her car.

With such a find, investigators may pressure her to explain who her customers are and how she moved the merchandise.

Both Gregory and Nekeedia Miller have been charged with two counts each of Possession or Sale of Counterfeit Marks ($10,000-$60,000), two counts each of Unauthorized Recording of Motion Picture, and two counts of Unlawful Possession or Sale of Recording Device.

The movie industry has been trying to crack down on bootlegging here at home and abroad. According to investigators, Miller's crime has cost the Motion Pictures Association of America more than $119,000.

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