Man admits hacking celebrities to steal movie, TV scripts

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Posted: May 09, 2016 11:24 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A Bahamian man has pleaded guilty to hacking into celebrities' email accounts to steal unreleased movie and TV scripts.

Alonzo Knowles entered the plea Monday in Manhattan federal court.

Knowles pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement and identity theft. A plea agreement recommended federal sentencing guidelines at between 27 months and 33 months in prison.

As part of the plea, he also agreed to forfeit 25 unpublished TV and movie scripts, along with unpublished music.

Knowles, of Freeport, Bahamas, was arrested in December after meeting with an undercover federal agent. Prosecutors say he was trying to sell 15 movie and television scripts for $80,000.

Judge Paul Engelmayer set sentencing for Aug. 25.