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Louisville Man Sentenced For Selling Counterfeit Microsoft Products Over The Internet

May 7, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY – A Louisville man was sentenced in United States District Court today, by Judge John G. Heyburn, II to 2 years probation with a special condition of 10 months of home detention for selling counterfeit Microsoft products over the internet announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. Khiem Nguyen, age 27, also was ordered to pay $23,453. in restitution.

Nguyen pled guilty to a (2) count federal indictment on January 31, 2012. According to the plea agreement, from October 2008, until March 2010, the defendant sold high quality counterfeit Microsoft computer software products over the internet which caused the company a loss of $23,453.

According to the Affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, a Microsoft investigator made an initial contact with defendant Nguyen, then a potential seller known as “Esoft” on September 5, 2009. The internet listing appeared to be a photograph of copies of Office 2007 Professional stacked on the floor. The advertisement stated 30 copies were available and after investigation, the price was determined to be $50.00 per copy. The investigation further revealed that Esoft utilized email and had an address of where Nguyen was an employee. The Microsoft investigator was instructed to make payments by utilizing a money order company and sending the payment to an address in Vietnam.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lettricea Jefferson-Webb and was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

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