A hacker who stole and sold unfilmed movie and TV scripts, and even sex tapes, from the email addresses of celebrities, pleaded guilty to his crimes Monday.
Alonzo Knowles, 23, of Freeport in the Bahamas, was arrested in December after travelling to America to meet an undercover Homeland Security agent who he thought wanted to buy scripts and sexually explicit videos.
He offered the agent 15 movie and TV scripts for $80,000 as well as the social security numbers of celebrities, and told him that he had a portfolio of 130 celebs’ emails, passports and other information for sale.
One of the scripts he had offered the investigator was ‘All Eyez on Me,’ a biopic of rapper Tupac Shakur.
He had also hacked the email address of actress and singer Naturi Naughton to steal scripts to 50 Cent’s TV show ‘Power,’ NY Daily News reported in December.
His victims included other movie and TV actors, a casting director, a popular singer-songwriter and a hip-hop artist, according to authorities.
Knowles pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement and identity theft, and agreed to forfeit 25 unpublished TV and movie scripts, $1,900, and unpublished music found on his Dropbox account.
He also agreed to waive any right to appeal a sentence below two-and-three-quarter years in prison. Prosecutors have recommended a sentence of between 27 and 33 months.
Knowles’s downfall came when he approached ‘a popular radio host,’ who was unnamed in court documents, offering to sell the first six episodes of ‘a popular drama.’
The host contacted the show’s producers, who called in Homeland Security. Agents contacted Knowles – who was using the name ‘Jeff Moxley’ – and set up a recorded Face Time conversation.