DJ Big Mike Arrested For Music Piracy

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DJ Big Mike Arrested For Music Piracy
 

 

Michael Willcox better known as DJ Big Mike was arrested last week for Music Piracy. Apparently, the investigation has been going on for almost two years now, and Surveillance teams finally caught them after trailing them for miles. More arrests are going to be made in the coming weeks.

The investigation began with the Recording Industry a.ssociation of America, a trade group that sent its own team of investigators to conduct a surveillance of a suspected “burner lab” at 27 Stetson Place in Danbury where pirated CDs were alleged being made and distributed, according to the affidavit.

The trade group is comprised of record companies that create, manufacture and distribute about 85-percent of all legitimate sound recordings made and sold in the United States, according to the affidavit. Three investigators from RIAA began the surveillance in Feburary of 2009.

The investigators allegedly followed a 1995 Ford Explorer registered to Willcox from his Danbury home to a residence at 12 George St., Mount Vernon, NY, which was suspected of supplying the materials and equipment used to manufacture recordable CDs and DVDs, according to the affidavit.

Hours of Surveillance Led to Music Piracy Arrest

Surveillance teams poured hours into following suspects named “Little Mike” or "Big Mike,” also known as “DJ Big Mike,” trailing them for miles. Local police executed search warrants on three homes in Danbury, Bethel and Newtown, in addition to conducting numerous interviews with suspected accomplices.

This was some of what went into a lengthy investigation that began two years ago and culminated last week with the arrest of two brothers, Michael Willcox, 33, of Danbury and Stephen Sabato, 21, of Sandy Hook, on music piracy charges.

More arrests are expected, according to officials and an affidavit, which was filed in state Superior Court in Danbury and made available Monday.

The two brothers and their representatives could not be reached for comment Monday.

The arrest affidavit details a lengthy surveillance of Michael Willcox, also known as "Big Mike" or "DJ Big Mike" and his half brother Stephen Sabato, and their respective homes on Stetson Place in Danbury and Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook.

The investigation began with the Recording Industry a.ssociation of America, a trade group that sent its own team of investigators to conduct a surveillance of a suspected "burner lab" at 27 Stetson Place in Danbury where pirated CDs were alleged being made and distributed, according to the affidavit.

The trade group is comprised of record companies that create, manufacture and distribute about 85-percent of all legitimate sound recordings made and sold in the United States, according to the affidavit. Three investigators from RIAA began the surveillance in Feburary of 2009.

The investigators allegedly followed a 1995 Ford Explorer registered to Willcox from his Danbury home to a residence at 12 George St., Mount Vernon, NY, which was suspected of supplying the materials and equipment used to manufacture recordable CDs and DVDs, according to the affidavit.

The surveillance team said Willcox appeared to have no other employment, though he was recorded as the property owner of the Stetson Place home, according to the affidavit.

Through further surveillance, an RIAA investigator allegedly followed Willcox to a Queens, NY check cashing establishment and later bought two CDss from a stack he allegedly had seen Willcox bringing in labeled “Big Mike DJ Mixes,” according to the affidavit.

Later, another RIAA investigator conducting a surveillance on the Danbury home saw a suspect identified only as “Little Mike” carrying a handful of CDs into a Gulf gas station at 113 North St. in Danbury and when she went in she was able to purchase one of those CDs for $5, according to the affidavit.

The CD bought in Queens and the one bought in Danbury apparently held the same content and later examination showed they were pirated recordings, according to the affidavit.

A search warrant was then executed on the Steson Place home where Danbury police found about 3,500 disks suspected of containing pirated music and inserts to make about 40,000 items, according to the affidavit. Songs by Lil Wayne, Mya, The Dream and G Unit and other Universal artists were part of what was found, according to the affidavit.

Titles of the CDs that were seized included “Blue Label That was my joint,” “Hard Knock Life,” “New York Struggle,” R&B Jump Off 50,” “Red Apples Falling” and “Trapaholics.”

Danbury detectives then interviewed an a.ssociate of Willcox, whose name was a.ssociated with a post office box used by Willcox and whose name shows up on mail delivered to the Danbury house, according to the affidavit. The a.ssociate said the master CD was mixed at another home and then burned into CD-Rs intended for distribution at the Washington Avenue, Sandy Hook residence where Sabato lives with his and Willcox's mother.

Meanwhile, RIAA continued its surveillance through July of 2009 where its investigators said they allegedly followed Sabato to an establishment in Stamford and later purchased CDs for $5 that were determined to be pirated music, according to the affidavit.

Later, Newtown police execute a search warrant on the Sabato residence at 18 Washington Ave. where they found 383 CDs with pirated music and boxes that were labeled to contain burner towers, according to the affidavit.

While police were executing the search warrant, an investigator with RIAA was keeping a surveillance on Willcox's Danbury home where she allegedly observed them quickly loading brown boxes into a car and then bringing them to an apartment in Bethel, according to the affidavit. Later they allegedly were seen throwing out CD disk inserts, the affidavit said.

A search warrant then was executed on the 32 Durant Ave., Bethel home where hundreds of CD-Rs and several thousand disc jacket inserts were found, the affidavit said.

Also based on UPS shipping records for Willcox, the three companies that he used to distribute the CDs collected a total of more than $600,000 for UPS cash on deliveries made between 2007 and 2009, the affidavit said.

At some point, some shipping invoices also showed that an ESPN account was being used to ship materials but that had not been authorized by ESPN, according to the affidavit. An ESPN representative told authorities the company believed the shipping information has been passed around the disc jockey industry, according to the affidavit.

A Newtown police officer also apparently reported a conversation he had with Sabato and another man in 2008 where the two said they spent a lot of time burning CDs on behalf of Willcox. The report said that Willcox mixes 10 songs every month onto a CD, which costs $.20 to make but is sold at $3 each, netting about $30,000 a month.

Sabato is out on a $1,000 bond and is to appear Wednesday, June 15 while Willcox was released on a promise to appear June 21.

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 06-15-2011, 06:06 PM         #2
mas22 
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damn big mike
 06-15-2011, 06:06 PM         #3
Rendition 
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Again?

this n*gga house get raided every summer
 7 years ago '06        #4
Yung Dilla 1499 heat pts1499
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n*gga driving a 95 explorer lol
 06-15-2011, 06:10 PM         #5
Slickems 
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Black dudes own the mixtape game

first drama, then big mike

they knockin off all the racial competition
 06-15-2011, 06:11 PM         #6
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big mike a good mixtape dj...he made a lot of tapes over tha yrs..this aint bout piracy its bout competition an tha industry aint gettin a cut of them tapes...


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 06-15-2011, 06:11 PM         #7
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 Yung Dilla said:
n*gga driving a 95 explorer lol
I peep'd that

they should have let him go for the fact that he's not making that much money off this

but supposedly he has a house in the Suburbs of Jerz off this music sh*t so
 7 years ago '04        #8
Mr_GooD_NeWs 26 heat pts26
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 7 years ago '07        #9
DiplomatMagic 16 heat pts16
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most annoying dj ever, well i guess kay slay is more but he dont get sh*t
 7 years ago '04        #10
NBA Brawler 114 heat pts114
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So they can arrest you for burning & selling mixtapes too? I thought they could only do that if it was albums that are sold in stores?
 7 years ago '06        #11
RAZAH CUTS 6070 heat pts6070
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this is bullsh*t....

they labeling the CD's "pirated" because they don't understand Hip-Hop culture and the concept of teh mixtape....

Hope Mike f!ghts this....
 7 years ago '04        #12
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 5knuckleshuffle said:
big mike a good mixtape dj...he made a lot of tapes over tha yrs..this aint bout piracy its bout competition an tha industry aint gettin a cut of them tapes...
exactly!!!..if they don't do this then "artists" like DJ Khaled cant put out official mixtape releases...its bullsh*t in the end tho
 7 years ago '05        #13
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 Yung Dilla said:
n*gga driving a 95 explorer lol
Get into the mind of a criminal and you will understand.
 7 years ago '07        #14
Get Familia 11 heat pts11
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Didnt know Big Mike was a white dude!
 7 years ago '10        #15
Gottagat 
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n*gga fukked up some french classics talking.

lol at the mugshot
 7 years ago '11        #16
WilsonThaSavior 
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is he still affiliated with D BLOCk?
 7 years ago '05        #17
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That's the same n*gga though

"The investigators allegedly followed a 1995 Ford Explorer registered to Willcox from his Danbury home to a residence at 12 George St., Mount Vernon, NY, which was suspected of supplying the materials and equipment used to manufacture recordable CDs and DVDs, according to the affidavit."

, ain't making nearly as much without those Jadakiss & Styles exlcusives
 06-15-2011, 06:37 PM         #18
Slickems 
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 RAZAH CUTS said:
this is bullsh*t....

they labeling the CD's "pirated" because they don't understand Hip-Hop culture and the concept of teh mixtape....

Hope Mike f!ghts this....

you don't know the facts. if he has all the burning equipment anyway for his mixtapes, how do we know he's also not pirating retail joints to sell at gas stations as another hustle?


he very well might be making bootleg cds too, you really think anybody's checking for new Big Mike tapes in 2011?
 7 years ago '07        #19
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n*ggas need to switch up their illegal transportation whips...lol.Why n*ggas always use Explorers to do illegal sh*t...lol.
 7 years ago '07        #20
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1995 Ford Explorer....? :nickyahh:
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