Texas Man Sentenced for Involvement in Software Piracy Conspiracy

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut David B. Fein announced that Michael Uszakow, also known as "iced," 46, of Houston, Texas, was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to "pay a fine of $2,000 for his involvement in a software piracy conspiracy." "The sentence is the result of five years of […]

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut David B. Fein announced that Michael Uszakow, also known as "iced," 46, of Houston, Texas, was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to "pay a fine of $2,000 for his involvement in a software piracy conspiracy." "The sentence is the result of five years of investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and three years of litigation."

In approx. December 2002, Uszakow obtained access to warez servers known as "Nite Ranger Hideout" and "The Ether Net." Specifically, from approximately December 2002 through April 2003, Uszakow uploaded approx. 3,195 files of copyrighted works to the Night Ranger Hideout site, and downloaded approximately 7,296 files of copyrighted works from the site.

Among the files in Uszakow's transaction, he was charged with trading cracked versions of MasterCam 9.1, AutoCad 2004, and BEA WebLogic Server 8.1.

Uszakow pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in August, which carried a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine or alternatively, twice the gross gain to the defendant or loss to the U.S. resulting from the offense. In February filed a motion requesting a "non guideline sentence," based on U.S. v. Crosby which brought Uszakow the mandatory minimum sentence instead.

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