A Bridlington man has been jailed for 27 months for scamming some of the world’s biggest gaming companies which saw him collect £225,000 over four years.
Stephen Parry, 49, from Hustler Road in Bridlington appeared at Hull Crown Court on Friday 17 April for sentence after pleading guilty to 10 offences relating to the importation, sale, advertising and possession of devices and services that facilitated a breach of technical measures under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, a trademark offence and money laundering.
Parry’s illegal activities were investigated by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Trading Standards team following a test purchase of an R4i SDHC flashcard which was illegally showing the Nintendo trademark.
Further investigations revealed Parry was operating two websites – 360upgrades and flashmybox which offered legal and illegal services and products to gamers across the world.
He also sold flashcards and other devices that allowed people to bypass security technology to play unlicensed games on consoles which included Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox.
Paul Bellotti at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “His activities were deliberately designed to undermine the legitimate sellers of computer games
“I’m pleased the court has chosen to send out a message that the protection of these small and medium enterprises that employ large numbers of people is paramount.”