Pastor and disciple's $21m piracy scamSave
He was her church pastor and controller, she was his "disciple" and called him "father" and together they pulled off Australia's largest piracy fraud worth $21 million.
Mosaic Defredes, 40, a minister at the Blacktown Christian City Church and his "daughter" Allison Daniel, 32, operated an international counterfeit DVD empire from western Sydney.
Hidden-in-plain-sight inside suburban Sydney storage units over several years, the pair ran one of Australia's most sophisticated criminal rackets.
Using the online accounts "Giftotorium" and "mad.dvd.dealz" on eBay, Daniel and Defredes sold more than 65,000 DVDS they stole or had made in China.
The Australian Screen Association estimates the DVDs equated $21m in retails sales on top of the $1.6 million the pair earned on eBay.
The sophisticated criminal syndicate used multiple names, residential and business addresses, and post office boxes to import Quality Counterfeit "Region 4" DVDs.
And to get fresh copies of new movies and TV titles to send to their counterfeiter, Defredes would send Daniel out on mass shoplifting expeditions around the country.
Daniel, a member of Defredes' Blacktown church "Jesus Freaks" youth group, would text him from inside Big W, Target or Kmart when she was about to steal with the code "Plz pray".
When store detectives occasionally caught her, Defredes would write to the court saying "as a Man of God and Honest Citizen I totally condemn this act" and plead for her "pardon".
When NSW police raided the Blacktown storage unit and Kings Park warehouse and Defredes' Marayong home in April 2013, they uncovered the largest seizure of pirated material in Australia.
The hundreds of titles they stole included Desperate Housewives, Underbelly Razor, Big Bang Theory, The Incredibles and Revenge Season.
Last week, Allison Daniel and Mosaic Defredes faced a NSW District Court sentencing hearing.
Defredes, on remand in prison, sat calmly in the dock of the court, while Daniel, who is on bail, chatted with her boyfriend and supporters.
Daniel and Defredes have pleaded guilty to copyright piracy charges which have a maximum penalty of five years' prison.
The court was told both have pleaded to possession of infringing copies of films and television program with intent to sell, and the joint commission of conduct resulting in the sale of such copies on a commercial scale.
Daniel also pleaded guilty to attempting to dishonestly obtain an Australian passport in the name of Paul Ryan for Mosaic Defredes between late 2015 and early 2016.
The offence also took into account the use of a Medicare card, bank card, driver's licence and Australian pensioner card in the name of Paul Ryan.
Defredes also pleaded guilty to making a false statement in regard to an Australian passport document, taking into account the use of documents in the name of Paul Ryan.
Daniel's barrister told the court that his client had character references from the Blacktown Christian City Church pastor and psychiatrist's reports.
At one point during the sentencing hearing, Daniel turned to wink at her friends in the back of the court.
On her Facebook page, Daniel has dozens of posts about Jesus, God and forgiveness.
She also posted 12 photographs of DVDs for sale in January and a fistful of $50 notes.
A NSW Police statement of facts tendered to the court showed that criminal enterprise began to unravel when Australian Customs detected hundreds of DVDs addressed to Defredes arriving from China.
Many of the DVDs were badly cut copies in obviously, poorly produced covers.
But when the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) offered to let Defredes off with a hefty fine, he named Daniel as seller of the DVDs.
Defredes, who also owns businesses called Freaks Marketing and Goan Amigos, met Daniel at the Blacktown church in 2007.
In 2008, he started up Jesus Freaks, advertised as a club "to help youths stay out of trouble".
Daniel moved in with Defredes and his wife calling them "mother" and "father" and used the name "Grace Defredes".
Defredes described her as his "disciple" and in daily emails and texts, Defredes would urge Daniels "to be obedient and accept his and his wife's authority".
In texts on Daniel's phone, later seized by police, she would ask his permission on how she spent her money, who she associated with and her approach to social situations and religious issues.
On August 4, 2012 Defredes texted Daniel writing, "I thought u asked me permission to go out today. I don't remember giving u one but u still went ... guess that's your perfect type of submission".
In one text to Defredes while on a shoplifting "run" interstate, Daniel asked permission to buy a jumper because she'd forgot to pack one.
On February 20, 2013 she texted "Can I plz buy water?".
Defredes replied: "OK where r u??? I don't wants any more lies and deceit."
Between June 2009 and January 2010, Australian Customs intercepted 24 parcels containing 400 DVDs addressed to Defredes and Daniel.
When AFACT lawyers threatened possible civil action, Defredes said he had been selling them for his friend, Allison Daniel.