Pirate’s Bounty Busted

Pirate's Bounty Busted

Pirate's Bounty Busted

A Vista, Calif. man was arrested earlier this month on charges of videogame piracy, the Entertainment Software Association said today.

San Diego County authorities arrested Frederick Brown, who stands accused of modifying game consoles to play illicit software and selling pirated software out of his Cedar Road home.

Brown allegedly offered his modification services for several years via websites such as Craigslist.

In a June 13 raid Brown’s home, authorities seized over 1,000 pirated discs and an array of mod chips, which when installed in a console can play pirated games.

The ESA commended the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and the Computer and Technology Crime High-Tech Response Unit for their work in the bust.

The ESA and its members learned of the crimes being committed, then passed the job onto the DA’s office earlier this year.

Brown is currently free after posting $100,000 bail. He faces 10 counts of felony-level thefts, according to the ESA, "including grand theft, computer crime and trafficking counterfeit marks."