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U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Maryland
Stephen M. Schenning
United States Attorney
Northern Division 410-209-4800
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6625 United States Courthouse
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March 16, 2001
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 TWO FORMER MARYLAND RESIDENTS PLEAD GUILTY
TO SELLING COPYRIGHTED COMPUTER SOFTWARE ONLINE

March 16, 2001


GREENBELT, MD - Stephen M. Schenning, United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, Michael Mangano, Acting Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector Genera (HHS-OIG), and James J. Rowan, Jr., Inspector in Charge of the Washington Metro Division, United States Postal Inspection Service, announced today that two former Maryland residents pleaded guilty to felony charges of willfully infringing copyrights by selling compact disks containing thousands of dollars of copyrighted computer software from Microsoft, Adobe and other copyright holders.

Jing Ping Xie, 36, a former National Institutes of Health (NIH) research scientist, and his wife, Shenglan Liu, 36, entered guilty pleas before United States District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow. Xie and Liu, formerly of Rockville, Maryland, now live in Cordova, Tennessee.

According to evidence presented at the guilty pleas, beginning in 1997, Xie, who worked at NIH beginning in 1996, and Liu maintained a number of electronic mail addresses and had access to the Internet through Xie’s NIH dial-up computer system. They maintained sites on the World Wide Web at "http://www.angelfire.com/md/HTCH," "http://i.am/wzcd," and "http://start.at/pcwarezcd." "Warez" is a term often used to describe "pirated," or illegally duplicated, copies of computer software. From November 1997 through June 1999, Xie and Liu:

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