Serial Games Pirate Gets 3 Years in the Slammer

| 23 Nov 2008 13:25

A British man living the living the life of luxury will have to trade in his Nano, his PC and his DVD player for prison stripes. Convicted of the theft of over 1,000,000 worth of digital material, Steven Adams will spend the next three years in the clink.

Serial Video Games Criminal Who Made 1Million Handed Three-Year Jail Sentence

Conman from Wolverhampton who made over 1 million selling illegally copied games, films and music lands three-year jail sentence; girlfriend handed 12-month suspended sentence

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Sunday 23rd November, 2008/... A Dudley-based man who lived in luxury by selling illegally copied games, film and music at computer fairs and over the internet has been handed a three-year jail sentence following a major investigation by Wolverhampton Trading Standards, West Midlands Police and investigators from ELSPA (the Entertainment Leisure and Software Publishers Association). Steven Raymond Adams, 38, of Loweswater Drive, Lower Gornal, Dudley, used proceeds from his crimes to live life in the fast lane. He owned a Spanish apartment, drove a Range Rover and even enjoyed a brief dalliance with celebrity by appearing in a health and fitness article in national tabloid The Sun.

In The Sun splash, vain Adams bragged about spending 10,000 on extensive weight-loss surgery for him and his girlfriend and partner in crime, Julie Frendo. He bought a gastric band operation for himself for 6,000, trimming his greedy bulk from 22st to less than 13st, and his 33 year-old girlfriend had 4,000 on breast enlargement surgery.

Adams, together with Frendo and third accomplice Greg Gartside, 31, had masterminded a counterfeiting operation across the Midlands and North West England, which ran at the very least from February 2004 to January 2008. His illegal pirating operation was brought to a halt by trading standards and police when they apprehended him at Wolverhampton racecourse selling the fake copies from a stall called Midland Console Modifications.

For more than three-and-a-half years, and after a formal warning by Surrey County Council in August 2008, Adams ran his illegal operation. He persistently bulk copied games, software and movie discs.

On November 21 at Wolverhampton Crown Court Adams was jailed for three years, and Frendo handed a 12-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, in a case that has been described as the biggest with which Wolverhampton Trading Standards has ever handled. The two admitted charges relating to the illegal copying, along with Greg Gartside, of Chorley, Lancashire, who knowingly assited in Adams' illegal empire.

On August 29 this year Adams pleaded guilty to 44 counts, all related to offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994, and asked for five additional offences to be taken into consideration in relation to items found in an industrial unit raided on July 9, where he was operating a copying factory.

Adams is also now subject to a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) Investigation which is being jointly conducted by Wolverhampton Trading Standards and West Midlands Police. The 38-year old is reckoned to have made more than 180,000 from his counterfeit operation that has cost the games, film and music industry an estimated 1million. At his own request Adams was kept on remand until sentencing to prevent further breaches of the Trade Mark Act.

Michael Rawlinson, managing director of ELSPA, said: "This is one of the most unusual cases ELSPA has ever been involved with. The sheer persistence of Adams, Frendo and Gartside of selling illegally copied video games, film and music is staggering. So was Adams' own insistence that he be remanded to prevent further illegal activities! ELSPA would like to thank Wolverhampton Trading Standards and their local police department for their work in bringing these and similar thieves to justice. In the run-up to Christmas it is worth adding that often pirated games do not run properly - and some can even damage the expensive consoles in which they are played."

Mr Barry Berlin, prosecuting, yesterday told Wolverhampton Crown Court: "A conservative estimate of the loss to the industry is 924,000 with almost 30,000 infringing objects and at least 200,000 profit for this man. Adams ran a substantial counterfeiting operation all over the country, literally from Wolverhampton through to Carlisle. It was persistent and it was serious," he said. He added that the council had "never come across anything of this scale."

Wonder if he ever stole the movie "Shawshank Redemption"? Might be worth watching now...

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Well, actually, nothing can beat... uh.. what was it.. Sweden? Or Switzerland? They get a whole separate island to themselves, complete with bangalows and gyms, and pretty much everything there. They are pretty much completely free on that island, and they also go to the mainland to work! WTF kind of prison is that?

...beer and cheese! 5 star services all around.

Sigoya:
Still can't beat the German prisons :P

Do they serve schnitzel?

Still can't beat the German prisons :P

Are you kidding? Have you seen the prisons they have in the UK? They get TVs, curtains, soft pillows, floor mats...
I'm telling you, some people that are living in poverty in underdeveloped countries would gladly commit some crimes in Britain just to get in prison if they ever got wind of this. You don't have to pay for nothing and yet you get free food and comfortable accommodations!
Heck, forget underdeveloped countries, I personally know one guy here that'd do it.

Serial Games Pirate Gets 3 Years in the Slammer

A British man living the living the life of luxury will have to trade in his Nano, his PC and his DVD player for prison stripes. Convicted of the theft of over 1,000,000 worth of digital material, Steven Adams will spend the next three years in the clink.

Serial Video Games Criminal Who Made 1Million Handed Three-Year Jail Sentence

Conman from Wolverhampton who made over 1 million selling illegally copied games, films and music lands three-year jail sentence; girlfriend handed 12-month suspended sentence

image

Sunday 23rd November, 2008/... A Dudley-based man who lived in luxury by selling illegally copied games, film and music at computer fairs and over the internet has been handed a three-year jail sentence following a major investigation by Wolverhampton Trading Standards, West Midlands Police and investigators from ELSPA (the Entertainment Leisure and Software Publishers Association). Steven Raymond Adams, 38, of Loweswater Drive, Lower Gornal, Dudley, used proceeds from his crimes to live life in the fast lane. He owned a Spanish apartment, drove a Range Rover and even enjoyed a brief dalliance with celebrity by appearing in a health and fitness article in national tabloid The Sun.

In The Sun splash, vain Adams bragged about spending 10,000 on extensive weight-loss surgery for him and his girlfriend and partner in crime, Julie Frendo. He bought a gastric band operation for himself for 6,000, trimming his greedy bulk from 22st to less than 13st, and his 33 year-old girlfriend had 4,000 on breast enlargement surgery.

Adams, together with Frendo and third accomplice Greg Gartside, 31, had masterminded a counterfeiting operation across the Midlands and North West England, which ran at the very least from February 2004 to January 2008. His illegal pirating operation was brought to a halt by trading standards and police when they apprehended him at Wolverhampton racecourse selling the fake copies from a stall called Midland Console Modifications.

For more than three-and-a-half years, and after a formal warning by Surrey County Council in August 2008, Adams ran his illegal operation. He persistently bulk copied games, software and movie discs.

On November 21 at Wolverhampton Crown Court Adams was jailed for three years, and Frendo handed a 12-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, in a case that has been described as the biggest with which Wolverhampton Trading Standards has ever handled. The two admitted charges relating to the illegal copying, along with Greg Gartside, of Chorley, Lancashire, who knowingly assited in Adams' illegal empire.

On August 29 this year Adams pleaded guilty to 44 counts, all related to offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994, and asked for five additional offences to be taken into consideration in relation to items found in an industrial unit raided on July 9, where he was operating a copying factory.

Adams is also now subject to a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) Investigation which is being jointly conducted by Wolverhampton Trading Standards and West Midlands Police. The 38-year old is reckoned to have made more than 180,000 from his counterfeit operation that has cost the games, film and music industry an estimated 1million. At his own request Adams was kept on remand until sentencing to prevent further breaches of the Trade Mark Act.

Michael Rawlinson, managing director of ELSPA, said: "This is one of the most unusual cases ELSPA has ever been involved with. The sheer persistence of Adams, Frendo and Gartside of selling illegally copied video games, film and music is staggering. So was Adams' own insistence that he be remanded to prevent further illegal activities! ELSPA would like to thank Wolverhampton Trading Standards and their local police department for their work in bringing these and similar thieves to justice. In the run-up to Christmas it is worth adding that often pirated games do not run properly - and some can even damage the expensive consoles in which they are played."

Mr Barry Berlin, prosecuting, yesterday told Wolverhampton Crown Court: "A conservative estimate of the loss to the industry is 924,000 with almost 30,000 infringing objects and at least 200,000 profit for this man. Adams ran a substantial counterfeiting operation all over the country, literally from Wolverhampton through to Carlisle. It was persistent and it was serious," he said. He added that the council had "never come across anything of this scale."

Wonder if he ever stole the movie "Shawshank Redemption"? Might be worth watching now...

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