United States Federal Courthouse Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.
United States Federal Courthouse Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.

A Dutch national who allegedly stole digital versions of three motion pictures was indicted in Los Angeles Tuesday on federal charges of computer hacking and identity theft.

Joey Vogelaar, 28, of the Netherlands, allegedly stole pre-release copies of the Sony Pictures Entertainment film “How Do You Know” and the Paramount film “Rango,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He also allegedly stole a digital copy of the DreamWorks film “Megamind,” which was in theaters at the time.

According to prosecutors, Vogelaar, who used the online monikers “TyPeR” and “neXus,” allegedly used another person’s username and password to hack into a computer system where the films were located. Prosecutors said the computer system was at a company that was separate from the studios but was involved in the production process.

Vogelaar was indicted on one count each of unauthorized access to a protected computer and aggravated identity theft. The hacking charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison, while identity theft could lead to a two-year sentence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

City News Service

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