The FBI reports that Rodolfo Rodriguez Cabrera (43) a Cuban national, and Henry Mantilla (35) of Florida have been charged following a scheme to produce and sell counterfeit International Game Technology slot machines and counterfeit IGT computer programs.
Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer, U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada Gregory A. Brower and FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Las Vegas Field Office Steven M. Martinez announced the indictment following the arrest of Cabrera on June 8, 2009 in Riga, Latvia. Mantilla is scheduled to appear based on a summons in U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada on July 2, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert J. Johnston.
According to the indictment, returned on April 22, 2009, and unsealed yesterday, Cabrera owned and operated a company called FE Electronic in Riga, Latvia, and Mantilla owned and operated a company named Southeast Gaming Inc., in Cape Coral, Fla.
It is alleged that between August 2007 and April 15, 2009, Cabrera and Mantilla conspired to make unauthorised copies of IGT video gaming machine computer programs, place counterfeit labels bearing IGT's registered trademark on the computer programs, install the counterfeit computer programs in IGT gaming machine cabinets and then sell the counterfeit computer programs and gaming machines through their respective companies, all without the permission of the trademark and copyright owner, IGT.
Cabrera and Mantilla are charged in the indictment with one count of conspiracy, two counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods, two counts of trafficking in counterfeit labels and two counts of criminal copyright infringement.
If convicted of all charges, each defendant faces a maximum of up to 45 years in prison and $5.25 million in fines. The indictment also contains 13 forfeiture allegations that require the defendants, if convicted, to forfeit any and all counterfeit items and to forfeit up to $5 million in proceeds from their alleged criminal activity.
Source: InfoPowa News