Saturday December 17, 2016

Prenda's Porno Copyright Trolls Finally Arrested

The saga continues as Paul Hansmeier and John Steele have been charged with major fraud and extortion. These wise guys got millions by coercing porn downloaders to pay up or face legal action.

They were charged Wednesday in an 18-count indictment with running a multimillion-dollar extortion fraud scheme between 2011 and 2014. The charges, unsealed Friday, include conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, conspiracy to commit and suborn perjury and conspiracy to launder money. "In order to carry out the scheme, the defendants used sham entities to obtain copyrights to pornographic movies آ— some of which they filmed themselves آ— and then uploaded those movies to file-sharing websites in order to lure people to download the movies," the indictment says.