NinjaVideo: Third Site Co-Fouder Pleads Guilty

A third co-founder of the now-defunct video streaming portal NinjaVideo has plead guilty.

According to an indictment, Justin A. Dedemko, 28, of Brooklyn, N.Y was responsible for uploading content NinjaVideo and marketing the site.

Of the total $505,000 said to have been received by NinjaVideo in ad revenue and donations during its operations, Dedemko has admitted receiving just over $58,000. He will pay restitution in that amount.

Dedemko will be sentenced February 24th 2012 where he faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Previously, Hana Beshara, “The Queen” of NinjaVideo, pleaded guilty to handling online advertisers and receiving $200,000 of the site’s income. She will be sentenced January 2012.

Co-founder 23-year old Matthew Smith (known online as Dead1ne) also pleaded guilty to conspiracy and criminal copyright infringement. He will be sentenced next month.

During October Joshua David Evans, 34, of North Bend, Wash., and 33-year-old Jeremy Lynn Andrew of Eugene, Ore. also plead guilty.

Evans pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of criminal copyright infringement relating to the release of the movie Iron Man 2 before its commercial premiere. Andrew pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy.

Evans will be sentenced January 2012, Andrew in February. Both face a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

A fifth defendant in the case, Zoi Mertzanis of Greece, known online as “Tik”, stands accused of being one the site’s most active uploaders. A warrant has been issued for the defendant’s arrest.


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