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Woman Pleads Guilty to Selling $400,000 of Counterfeit Software

A Michigan woman has pleaded guilty to selling more than $400,000 worth of counterfeit software.

Jacinda Jones pleaded guilty to one count of willful copyright infringement and faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

Jones sold more than 7,000 copies of pirated business software at discounted prices through www.cheapdl.com between July 2008 and January 2010. She made $400,000 in profit.

The software, from companies such as Microsoft, Adobe, Intuit and Symatec, had a retail value of more than $2 million. Jones was tracked by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who made multiple undercover purchases of pirated business and utility software.

Jones agreed to give up the stolen software and pay restitution to the victims. Her sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 15.

The investigation was part of an effort made by the Justice Department’s IP Task Force to combat domestic and international intellectual property crimes.

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