Owner of software piracy site sentenced

Monday, 28 August 2006, 12:08 AM EST

A U.S. judge has sentenced the owner of a Web site selling pirated software to six years in prison and ordered him to pay more than US$4.1 million in restitution, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said Friday.

Danny Ferrer, 37, of Lakeland, Florida, must also forfeit the proceeds from the BuysUSA.com Web site, which he operated between late 2002 and late 2005, the DOJ said. Judge T.S. Ellis III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ordered Ferrer to forfeit ownership of several airplanes, boats, cars, a helicopter and an ambulance.

At InfoWorld.

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