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Owner of software piracy site sentenced   
Monday, August 28 2006 @ 03:42 PM EDT
Contributed by: sde

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. Among the vehicles Ferrer must give up are a 1992 Lamborghini; a 2005 Hummer; three Chevrolet Corvettes; a 2005 Lincoln Navigator; and a 28-foot Marinette hardtop express boat.

Ferrer has also agreed to surrender the proceeds of sales of two fire trucks that were also bought with profits from BuysUSA.com, the DOJ said.

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