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Post date: November 20 2000

Software Bootlegger Indicted In Albany County

Attorney General Spitzer today announced a three count indictment of an Albany man stemming from the alleged sale of counterfeit computer software with an estimated retail value exceeding $2 million.

The indictment, which was unsealed today, charges Mario J. Stacchini, 31, with one count of Trademark Counterfeiting in the First Degree, a class C felony, one count of Trademark Counterfeiting in the Second Degree, a class E felony, and one count of Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony.

Stacchini was arraigned before Albany County Court Judge Larry J. Rosen and entered a plea of not guilty. Bail was set at $10,000.

The indictment alleges that between May and October 1999, the defendant participated in a conspiracy to distribute counterfeit Microsoft products. It is alleged that as part of the conspiracy Stacchini obtained thousands of copies of counterfeit software products and packaging worth millions of dollars in retail value from suppliers in Ohio, California, Pennsylvania and Illinois and that he distributed that software to customers in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

As part of the conspiracy, the indictment alleges that in October 1999, Stacchini ordered 100 copies of counterfeit Microsoft Office 2000 software from a source in California. The indictment further alleges that as part of the conspiracy, defendant shipped more than 600 copies of counterfeit Microsoft Office 97 software to a customer in the United Kingdom in September 1999.

The case is being handled by William Comiskey, Deputy Bureau Chief of the Attorney General's Criminal Prosecutions Bureau. The charges contained in the indictment are only allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.