BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) Federal agents seized and shut down 15 Websites and arrested a Cheektowaga man, charging him with selling counterfeit software.
Gary Hammer, 47, could spend up to ten years in prison if convicted.
"Some of the prices for Microsoft range from $199 on up. Mr. Hammer was selling them for between $40 and $55," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael DiGiacomo.
The feds shut down Hammer's Website and 15 others on Monday, part of a global crackdown on Website selling counterfeit goods.
Buffalo-based New Era Cap Company says it loses roughly $300 million per year from fake knock offs produced in China.
Several of the Websites seized by federal agents were selling fake New Era gear.
"These are not victimless crimes," said U.S. Attorney William Hochul. "Companies such as New Era obviously employ hundreds if not thousands of people. And when you buy counterfeit merchandise you're not only hurting the companies but also the employees of the companies."