A San Diego-area man has been arrested and charged with 10 felonies relating to selling pirated games and modding consoles. Frederick Brown was taken into custody earlier this month after his home was raided by the San Diego Computer and Technology Crime High-Tech Response Unit (CATCH) and has since been freed after posting bail in the amount of $100,000.
In his home, Brown had over a thousand copies of pirated games as well as a large number of mod chips. Brown had allegedly built up a thriving business selling counterfeit games and installing mod chips, having advertised his services on Craigslist and other web sites. He allegedly sold pirated games from his Vista, CA, residence as well, including both discs and hard drives preloaded with games that he would install into customers' Xboxes and Xbox 360s, Entertainment Software Association senior VP for intellectual property enforcement Ric Hirsch told Ars Technica.
"Some of our member companies had seen his listings on Craigslist," Hirsch said. "We started to make some inquiries on our own last year and eventually through our investigations accumulated enough evidence to bring it to the attention of the CATCH team."