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Alabama woman could face 20 years for allegedly reselling test prep videos from Hurst Review Services

An Alabama woman could face up to 20 years in prison for allegedly reselling test preparation videos and documents from Hurst Review Services.

According to Attorney General Jim Hood, 33-year-old Brandy Dunn, of Saraland, allegedly resold intellectual property from the Brookhaven-based business.

The company prepares nursing students to pass the National Council Licensure Examination, which is a standardized exam that each state board of nursing uses to determine whether or not a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice.

Dunn surrendered to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Jan. 29 on an outstanding warrant. She is charged with one count of offense against intellectual property. She was indicted by a Lincoln County grand jury in December 2016.

According to the indictment, Dunn did knowingly “disclose, use, copy, take or access, without consent, the intellectual property of Hurst Review Services” from Dec. 9, 2014, to Dec. 15, 2016.

“Since 1988, Hurst Review Services Inc. has  developed a unique and effective curriculum to assist nursing students in passing the NCLEX examination, which is required for state board licensure,” said Hurst CEO Pat Lowery.  “All materials developed by Hurst Review Services are protected by federal copyright law. Hurst is following this case with great interest and we look forward to the justice system running its course.”

If convicted, Dunn could spend up to 20 years in jail and pay up to $10,000 in fines. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by the AG’s Cyber Crime Unit and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn.