Leicestershire, UK Man Sentenced for Mod Chip Business

A 40-year-old man has been sentenced to community service and a curfew by a court in Leicestershire, United Kingdom for running a mod chip business. Thomas Norwood, the director of Modchip Fitters Ltd., plead guilty to the "importation and sale of electronic cards that circumvented anti-piracy controls on Nintendo Wii’s, Microsoft Xboxes and other consoles."

He was sentenced to a two-month nighttime curfew (7PM – 7AM), 12 months of community service, and ordered to pay an undetermined amount of restitution. A restitution hearing is scheduled at some point to determine the amount of money he’ll have to pay.

The conviction is the result of a 2008 raid by the Leicestershire Trading Standards Service. The raid netted software and hardware valued at £60,000. Norwood ran Modchip Fitters, a web-based company that modded console hardware to run copies of games and other media.

Source: Leicestershire County Council

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