Chile, it’s not always the best way to forge it until you make it. A popular YouTuber known for his glamorous lifestyle is watching some serious moments after he complained to the authorities about running a multi-million dollar scheme involving the sale of copyrighted videos illegally.
On YouTube, he is known as ‘Oli in Hellcat’ and parades himself as a business mogul who always has a lil on his neck or wrist. This week, federal prosecutors said Omi and two of his associates have been charged with selling copyrighted video content to thousands of customers on Omi’s own online service.
The Fed has complained that the project cost Omi and his friends more than 30 30 million from March 2016 to November 2019. YouTube channel.
If convicted, Omi could face life in prison on conspiracy charges, DG Millennium copyright infringement, reproduction of protected work, device fraud, bank statements and money laundering.
Omi’s lawyer said his client denied the allegations, although it appears Omi knew it was coming.
In June, he posted a video titled “The FBI is back.” Where he portrayed himself swinging a large diamond-encrusted pendant that flashed his brand name, Reloaded. In the video, he warned his 790,000 clients that the FBI had confiscated more than 30 of his cars and millions of dollars from his bank account.
He also told his fans that the alleged scheme could include money laundering allegations. He admitted, “I’m kind of disappointed.”
In one indictment, prosecutors said Omi and his crew had to seize assets worth about million 1.5 million, including more than 50 cars and motorcycles and dozens of properties in Philadelphia.
“You can’t just monetize someone else’s copyrighted material through impunity,” said Bradley S. Benavids, the special agent in charge. “It’s a whole matter of protecting a copyright.”
Don Mills, Omi’s lawyer, said his client was being identified as a criminal when he was running a really successful business.
“[Omi] Entered a brand new, unregulated industry and was very successful, ”Mills said in a statement. “Most people are called pioneers when they do; Omar is called a criminal. The government assumes my client was not smart enough to do it legally because of his background. He is, and we will prove it. ”
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