Authorities say the way a Bergen County man sold Frank Sinatra videos and recordings on the Internet might have been his way, but it was the wrong way. Howard J. Zaremby’s eBay account was “Sinatra4Ever,” but the goods were counterfeit, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, which began investigating after getting a complaint from a Sinatra family lawyer.
The association then alerted the Bergen County prosecutor’s office to Zaremby, who operated Zaremby Videos International from the basement of his Cliffside Park home.
He sold videos and CDs for about $25 to a worldwide clientele, investigators found. Nearly all were Sinatra goods, but some was music from Dean Martin.
Investigators raided his operation last week, seizing VCRs, a CD burner and a computer.
“He had his Sinatra shirt on when he was arrested,” Robert Barchiesi, regional director of the RIAA, told The Record of Hackensack in Tuesday’s editions.
Zaremby was charged with two counts of piracy, or selling copies as originals, and a count of trademark counterfeiting, which is using a trademarked name without authorization.
He was released pending a Municipal Court appearance April 11.
Zaremby could not be reached for comment. Neither his home nor business had a phone listing.