A Welsh computer systems builder has been jailed for persistently selling illegally copied Microsoft software.
Raymond Jenkins, of Caerphilly, a director of Computer Direct Corporation, was sentenced to three months' imprisonment after police raided his premises twice in seven months.
Computer Direct was first raided in June 1995, after a test purchase from Welsh trading standard officers revealed the computers contained unlicensed Microsoft software. Illegally copied software was seized.
After discovering that Jenkins hadcontinued to supply PCs with pirated software, officers raided Computer Direct a second time in January 1996.
A further batch of illegally copied software was seized.
Complaints were also received from Computer Direct customers who said they had received old monitors from the company, even though they had paid for new ones.
Proceedings were instituted against Jenkins personally, because Computer Direct had ceased trading.
Mark Roberts, Microsoft's software theft business unit manager, said: "With software theft it is the customer who suffers. The software Jenkins was supplying was not only illegal, it meant that his customers were left with no support. Microsoft has no hesitation in seeking a serious penalty for those who seek to defraud our customers."
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