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Man gets 7 years for illegal software distribution

Friday - 6/7/2013, 10:57am  ET

BALTIMORE -- A 32-year-old man who fled to Pakistan shortly before being indicted on software copyright infringement charges has been sentenced to more than 7 years in prison.

Naveed Sheikh, formerly of Baltimore, was also ordered to forfeit 4 million, the value of the infringed software programs, at sentencing Thursday in federal court in Baltimore.

According to his guilty plea, Sheikh reproduced and distributed more than 1,000 copyrighted commercial software programs, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. Prosecutors say he sold the software through several websites.

Sheikh fled to Pakistan in November 2010. He was arrested in January 2012 at Dulles Airport.

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