Michigan woman pleads guilty to selling $400,000 worth of fake software

A Michigan woman pleads guilty to selling counterfeit software.

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A Michigan woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge related to selling more than $400,000 (£240,000) worth of counterfeit software on a website, the US Department of Justice said.

Jacinda Jones, 31, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, pleaded guilty to one count of willful copyright infringement in US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the DOJ said.

Between July 2008 and January 2010, Jones sold more than 7,000 copies of pirated business software at discounted prices through the website, Cheapdl.com, the DOJ said in a press release. The software, with a retail value of more than $2 million, included pirated versions of products from Microsoft, Adobe, Intuit, Symantec and other vendors, the agency said.

Agents with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made several undercover purchases of the software, the DOJ said.

Jones faces maximum penalties of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. During her plea hearing, Jones agreed to forfeit any illegal profits and pay restitution to companies. Sentencing is scheduled for 15 August.


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