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Central Coast Man Could Spend 10 Years Behind Bars For Sellling Counterfeit Software

A Central Coast man could face up to ten years in federal prison after admitting selling counterfeit software via the internet.

Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles say as part of a plea deal, Jeffrey Scott Patterson of Lompoc admitted in court that he was selling phony versions of Adobe software at below market prices.

They say the 52 year old man sold pirated versions of Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Creative Suite for several years. Patterson was arrested after federal investigators made undercover purchases from Patterson’s websites.

They say he made more than a half million dollars from the scheme. Patterson entered a guilty plea to trafficking in counterfeit goods.  He'll be sentenced in June.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.