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Quynh Trong Nguyen sentenced to 3 years in prison for selling counterfeit software

1:00 PM, Nov 9, 2012   |    comments
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ANNANDALE, Va. (WUSA) -- An Annandale man was sentenced to three years in prison for selling thousands of units of counterfeit and illegally produced computer software.   

Quynh Trong Nguyen, 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema on Friday to three years in prison and will be supervised for three more years once he is released. 

Nguyen was also ordered to pay restitution of $2.5 million and a fine of $1.4 million, which will be partially satisfied by $650,000 in already seized liquid assets.

Nguyen pled guilty on Aug. 9 to copyright infringement. Court documents say over a three and a half year period, Nguyen sold $2.5 million in copyright-infringing computer software and defrauded more than 2,000 customers. The software, much of which was shipped from overseas, included popular titles, such as Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office, and Autodesk AutoCAD. Nguyen sold the software through Internet websites that he operated from his home in Annandale, Va. 

Court documents say Nguyen also falsely represented to suppliers that he was eligible to purchase and resell educational software in connection with George Mason University.  The documents say he would alter the educational software and modify its packaging, and then sell it at higher prices.  

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