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CD faker jailed for pop con.

A COMPUTERpirate was jailed yesterday for making bootleg copies of top-selling games and music CDs.

Richard Watkins, 32, claimed to be unemployed - but pounds 10,000 of computer equipment was found at his home during a swoop by trading standards officers and police.

Self-taught computer wizard Watkins was making counterfeit labels for Sony PlayStation games and music CDs. Nearly 850 fake discs were discovered. The range included some of the top-selling artists of the last 30 years - from the Bee Gees and Beatles to the Manic Street Preachers.

A thousand empty CD cases were also found, along with pounds 770 in cash, Cardiff crown court was told. Watkins, of Rhymney, Gwent, admitted five offences under the Trademarks Act of manufacturing fake computer games, packaging and CDs. He was jailed for a year.
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Author:Servini, Nick
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 20, 2000
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