An accused pornography company prosecuted in Utah and two other states has agreed to plead guilty, pay a hefty fine, forfeit all its obscene videos and go out of business.
Consumer Marketing Corp., based in Stamford, Conn., will plead guilty before U.S. District Judge David K. Winder on Dec. 28.The corporation was indicted in July by a federal grand jury in Salt Lake City. The charges were part of Project PostPorn, a national effort by the Justice Department and Postal Inspection Service that aimed at prosecuting distributors of unsolicited obscene material.
In exchange for Consumer Marketing's guilty plea, 18 felony charges will be dismissed in Utah against Avram C. Freedberg, also of Stamford, the corporation's owner. Remaining felony counts against the corporation here will also be dropped.
The U.S. attorney's office in Salt Lake City submitted a motion late Friday afternoon to drop those charges.
The company will plead guilty to a single obscenity count in each of three federal courts, including Utah's, and pay a $600,000 fine. In addition, it will be disbanded.
"They're going to forfeit their entire inventory, (and) pay a $600,000 fine," Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Lambert told the Deseret News Friday.
If the prosecutions had not interfered, the inventory of pictures and videos of sexual acts could have been marketed for $100,000.
Consumer Marketing's civil lawsuit, filed in Washington against the Justice Department, will be dismissed at the same time. The suit, in which the company claims it cannot be charged in different states for the same basic alleged offenses, has been holding up prosecution on the criminal charges.
The Justice Department denies the multi-district prosecution policy is illegal.