Woman Gets Two Years for Selling $400,000 Worth of Counterfeit Software

A Michigan woman was sentenced yesterday to two years in prison for selling more than $400,000 worth of counterfeit computer software, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

Jacinda Jones, 31, of Ypsilanti, Mich., sold more than 7,000 copies of pirated software at discounted prices through the website www.cheapdl.com.   The software had a retail value of more than $2 million and was owned by several companies, including Microsoft, Adobe, Intuit and Symantec . 

According to the DOJ, Jones also was ordered to serve three years of supervised release following her prison term and to pay $441,035 in restitution. Her activities came to the attention of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, who made several undercover purchases of the pirated business and utility software.

“American business is under assault from counterfeiters,” said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton. “These counterfeits represent a triple threat by delivering shoddy and sometimes dangerous goods into commerce, by funding organized criminal activities and by denying Americans good-paying jobs.”

“HSI and our partners at the IPR Center will continue to work together to keep counterfeit products off our streets,” he added.

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