Internet Software Fraudster in Prison

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A STUDENT who made over pounds 300,000 selling illegal Microsoft products online has been jailed.

Khuram Shazad sold Microsoft Office over the internet for almost three years pocketing up to pounds 80,000 a month.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 23-year-old bought a pounds 25,000 BMW car, paid off his dad's pounds 27,000 mortgage and gave his sister a pounds 5,000 house deposit.

Prosector Jolyon Perks told the court that the sophisticated fraud became so lucrative Shazad even spent pounds 95,000 on search engine optimisation, described as "getting yourself up Google".

Shazad pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to fraud and trading to acquire criminal property, and was jailed for 18 months.

Mr Perks told the court Shazad, of Easby Gardens, Middlesbrough, began the fraud at 19 when he was a computer science student at Middlesbrough College.

He operated online as Fullsoft in 2005 and later under various company names including Egg Software, Exi Software and E Software. …