Modder faces jail time after raid turns up counterfeit games, mod chips

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."

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JUSTaGAME4132d ago

Of the 4000+ games I have backed up to my modded XBOX hard drive, I have a storage unit full of every physical title. I just backed them up to my hard drive for convenience. I believe that's the case with most folks who have game backups on a modded console.

The Snake4132d ago

They're obviously not backups if he is selling them on Craigslist.

Marceles4132d ago

*swat team breaks into JustaGame's house*

nobizlikesnowbiz4132d ago (Edited 4132d ago )

Of course they're back-ups!

F**k this guy. He's stealing and of course deserves to pay for it.

10 felonies! WoWieS! He's gonna be someone's b1tch.

Let this be a lesson to all hardcore modders.

EDIT @ random disagreer: If you disagreed with my comment you are a sad person. You wan't to steal from an industry that supplies you with years of enjoyment? The industry wouldn't survive for long if they didn't get paid for what they do.

For shame, random disagreer, for shame.

WoundedMoon4132d ago

Yeah, if you want the game, buy it. I would support mod'ing, but I don't support stealing games; or rather consistantly using/playing them without having bought it yourself. The only things I've ever been willing to digitally "steal" is music, and I don't do that anymore; I prefer the alternate choice when it comes to music, which is don't buy, and don't listen.

rusgreim4132d ago

All fanboys and gamers of all creeds should be able to unite to say f_ck this guy.

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