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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — A local man is going to federal prison for nearly five years and then when he gets out, a lifetime of supervised release.  His crime; a large-scale movie bootleg operation and failing to register as a sex offender.

According to court records, 46-year-old Saidou Dia of St. Louis created  counterfeit and bootleg copies of movies for distribution and sale at his home on Lexington Avenue.; his business, Dia’s House of Beauty, on St. Louis Ave.; and other locations where he received materials for making counterfeit movies and where he stored inventory.

How big was the bootleg operation; some 6,400 counterfeit movies were seized in May as part of the investigation. Also seized were 10 DVD-burning towers capable of producing nearly 90 bootleg movies simultaneously, and numerous counterfeit movie labels and related packaging materials. In addition to the evidence seized in May, Dia was previously involved in a large-scale counterfeit movie operation in Franklin County, Ohio, in June 2008.

As for the sex offender charge, Dia was convicted in 2005 of having unlawful sexual contact with a minor in Ohio. He was required to register as a sex offender. Dia moved to the St. Louis area from Ohio. He was living in St. Louis in 2010 and 2011 and failed to register as a sex offender, as required by law.

From the release on Dia’s sentencing it appeared numerous federal agencies were after him, including  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

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