Immigration

Pirated Movies Lead to Arrests of Illegal Immigrants; Arpaio Says Recording Industry Wanted Help

A private eye hired by the Recording Industry Association of America called the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for help with pirated movies, leading to the arrests of two illegal immigrants.

Two women in their 20s, Karina Romero-Figueroa, 24 and Judith Romero-Figueroa, [both pictured below], were busted at "the Mercado" near U.S. 60, according to a news release put out by the sheriff's office. Another suspect fled the scene when deputies arrived, leaving teenagers behind who were handed over to Child Protective Services.

The women, who are being held without bond in jail, admitted they've been selling pirated movies for five bucks each for the past year.

Deputies seized 1,252 movies, plus more than 1,800 music CDs. Titles included Up, and the Ice Age and Transformers sequels, all of which are still in theaters.

The sheriff says illegal immigrants are heavily involved in the piracy of movies and music. Sounds like he and the recording industry are making a hit together.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.