Software pirate jailed

Counterfeiter enjoyed turnover of £4,500 a month

A 23-year-old trainee accountant has been sentenced to 12 months in prison and fined £15,000 for selling thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit software.

Lewisham-based Bilal Khan pleaded guilty to five offences under the Trademarks Act and asked for 11 others to be taken into consideration.

He was sentenced to an additional three months for skipping bail and going on the run for nine months. Half of the total sentence was suspended.

Khan had been selling pirate software, primarily copies of Adobe, Macromedia and Microsoft products, via online auction sites such as eBay and QXL.

In some cases he also accepted money and then failed to send out software to buyers.

News source: vnunet.com

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