Is-Sibt, Awwissu 04, 2007

Feds Partner with Game Industry on Piracy Bust (Part 3 - Idaho)

The game piracy business has not been especially lucrative for this Twin Falls, Idaho resident. The suspect, raided along with 31 others earlier this week, possessed but a single mod chip when the feds came calling.

A message posted on the Console Tech forums includes scans of what appear to be a federal agent’s search warrant application as well as an inventory of items seized in Wednesday’s sweep, which targeted game piracy suspects in 16 U.S. states. The inventory list includes:

6 Xboxes, an Xbox 360, an (unspecified) Nintendo console, 38 Nintendo games, a computer, a mod chip, various circuit boards, hard rives, discs, manuals, etc.

It would seem that the unnamed resident of the Idaho Falls home must have provided the scanned documents after receiving a copy from the agents who conducted the search. Not shown is the probable cause affidavit, which would have explained the government’s basis for the search. That document apparenly remains sealed by a federal court.

"LGC's house was raided at 8 this moring by the FBI, they took everything from his computer and xbox's, to his super nintendo. They were apparently looking for mod chips, and burnt games. He is not in jail, but he now has no computer at his house.

I have spent most of the day, on and off of the phone with him. He has the worst luck ever.

Also, they took

2 xbox 360's belonging to ATOMIC and MAYHEM.

1 double shot controller MINE

1 xbox case, that belonged to xxxLUCKYxxx

this is not a joke or a scam. As they examin the things, and deem them not to contain mod chips (my controller doesn't count) they will be given back to him, and he will ship them asap

also, i will be closing down until LGC can get back"


Micheal Davis said...

Defending copyright protection isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about “Homeland Security”. So, we can’t keep 12M Mexicans from coming here illegally, but we’ll make sure Sony is taken care of… [the official in charge] needs to get a real assignment over at Homeland Security, like working on actual security.

Tyron said...

Are you kidding me? With drug dealers everywhere, murder, porous borders, terrorism the Feds are concerned about game mods?? Holy crap.