A longtime Labor Department employee with a fondness for movies and undeclared cash has been sentenced to 24 months probation for bootlegging DVDs from the department’s Washington D.C. headquarters.
Ricardo Taylor, 57, pleaded guilty to a federal copyright law violation in connection with his pirate project. The former supervisor of the Labor Department’s mailroom (and, at one time, the moonlighting manager of a local cinema) reportedly used his office’s five-bay DVD burner to copy and sell more than 1,200 bootlegs for $4 or $5 to friends and coworkers. By 2013, Taylor’s final year with the department, the five-year bootleg operation was making $19,000 a year, according to court documents.
Taylor reportedly worked for the Department of Labor for three decades, and used his office contact list for his bootleg business. His sales ledger, with names of customers, was not made public in the criminal proceedings.
Confronted outside the courthouse by a local NBC News team, Taylor said, “I want to put this behind me. That part of my life is over. I made a big mistake. I’m sorry to everybody involved, especially the Department of Labor.”