Federal authorities have arrested a Baltimore-area man on charges he copied and sold pirated copies of more than 100 computer programs, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's office announced Wednesday.
Naveed Sheikh, 31, was arrested when entering the country on Tuesday at Washington Dulles International Airport. He had fled to Pakistan shortly before the grand jury indictment was released on Jan. 13, according to the federal prosecutor's office.
Sheikh is charged with one count of advertising and selling pirated software. He is currently being held in Virginia, pending a Feb. 3 detention hearing, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
According to the indictment, between February 2004 and April 2008, Sheikh received more than $265,000 for copying and distributing millions of dollars worth of pirated software through a website, ezencode.com. The software that was allegedly pirated includes versions of Microsoft Money, Adobe After Effects, Quicken Premier and Apple iLife.
According to the indictment, Sheikh used various addresses during that time, including in the 3100 block of Nova Scotia Road in Bel Air, the unit block of Pickburn Court in Cockeysville and the 900 block of Fairmount Avenue in Baltimore.
According to the indictment, Sheikh allowed buyers to either download pirated software or order a burned disc with the software and crack codes. Sheikh allegedly told buyers to send money orders to a mailbox address at the Glen Eagles Court , according to the indictment.
Prosecutors want Sheikh, if convicted, to forfeit the alleged $265,000 in proceeds or any property bought with the proceeds. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.