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    Computer Game Pirate Sentenced


    Computer-game counterfeiter sentenced
    Wednesday, December 29, 2010 12:31 PM
    By Kathy Lynn Gray
    The Columbus Dispatch


    A former Nationwide Insurance employee is to spend 2 1/2 years in prison for counterfeiting and selling more than 35,000 computer games.

    Qiang "Michael" Bi, 36, of Powell, promised today in U.S. District Court in Columbus to "be a better person" and "never commit another crime" just before Judge Algenon L. Marbley sentenced him on charges of mail fraud, copyright infringement and aggravated identity theft.

    The sentence includes two years of probation includingone year of home confinement after prison, 416 hours of community service and a yet-to-be determined restitution amount. Bi also forfeited $367,669 in cash, representing the proceeds of the crimes, as well as his house, a car and computer and electronic equipment.

    "I believe at your core you are a good person," Marbley told Bi. "You made a gross error in judgment ... and it seemed all motivated by greed."

    Agents with the FBI Cybercrime Task Force and the U.S. Postal Inspectors investigated the scheme after Nationwide found a spreadsheet Bi had sent from his personal e-mail account to his Nationwide e-mail account.

    The spreadsheet listed more than 50 eBay and PayPal accounts, all with different names on the accounts, used to sell counterfeit software games online. Investigators found that Bi had sold the games from 2005 through December 2009 for $10 rather than the $20 retail price for an original new game.

    Investigators estimated that the value of the games Bi counterfeited and sold would have been $700,000 at retail.
    source - The Columbus Dispatch

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    I hate greedy pirates that make money from nothing. It's lame. Do you know how many times a day people offer to sell me movies? It's very popular in my area and they are pushy as all hell. Then when I decline they get pushier. Then I have to get pushy back because it's annoying. The average transaction:

    Movie pirate: Yo! I got all the hot new movies...$5 each.
    Me: Nah man...I'm good.
    Movie pirate: What? You don't watch movies?
    Me: Of course I do but I'm good.
    Movie pirate: Come on man...3 for $10?
    Me: If I wanted I could hook myself up without paying you. I have a PC and a good internet connection...I'm good!
    Movie pirate: Okay...Whatever! (Mumbling of insults usually follow as I walk away.)
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    It's no wonder he got caught, since he sold so many games. Pirating something and then selling it. Jeez.
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