Two cousins from Los Angeles have been arrested on allegations that they stole and made bootleg copies of Oscar "screeners" including "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "Superman Returns" and "The Queen."
John Acas, 22, was arrested in his home Monday by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies after uploading copies to the Internet and attempting to sell the movies to an informant, authorities said.
Sheryl Demesa, Acas' 22-year-old cousin, was arrested the same day at an L.A. accounting firm where she worked as a receptionist. The firm received copies of films intended for members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Demesa allegedly took the movies, lending them to Acas.
Members of the Southern California High Tech Task Force, an anti-piracy group made up of several law enforcement agencies, investigated the case. Other films alleged to have been stolen included "Infamous," "Little Children," "Running With Scissors" and "Marie Antoinette."