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A million pirated mobile apps gets Jacksonville man prosecuted

Posted: March 24, 2014 - 6:09pm  |  Updated: March 24, 2014 - 6:30pm

A Jacksonville man and Orlando man have pleaded guilty to distributing counterfeit Android mobile applications worth at least $700,000, according to federal prosecutors.

Authorities said 21-year-old Thomas Allen Dye of Jacksonville pleaded guilty March 10 to conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. Monday 26-year-old Nicholas Anthony Narbone of Orlando pleaded guilty to the same charge in federal court in Atlanta.

Investigators say the two men and co-conspirators identified themselves as the Appbucket group reproducing and distributing at least 1 million copies of applications without permission from the copyright owners of the applications. They used an alternative online market to sell the applications.

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