The first person extradited to the United States from Latvia under an agreement that took force last year was sentenced today to two years in prison for his role in conspiring to produce and sell counterfeit video gaming machines, the Justice Department said.
Rodolfo Rodriguez Cabrera, 43, a citizen of Latvia, was arrested in June 2009 in Riga, Latvia and extradited to the United States in October. A new extradition treaty between Latvia and the United States was signed in April 2009.
A second defendant, Henry Mantilla, 35, of Cape Coral, Fla., also received a two-year prison sentence today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. Cabrera and Mantilla were each ordered to pay $151,800 in restitution and to serve three years of supervised release following their prison terms.
Cabrera was indicted in April 2009 on charges that include trafficking in counterfeit goods and criminal copyright infringement. Cabrera and Mantilla pleaded guilty in May. Cabrera’s lawyer, Mace Yampolsky of Las Vegas, was not immediately reached for comment.
DOJ officials said the prosecution was part of the department’s overall effort to combat intellectual property crime, led by the Intellectual Property Task Force.