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Computer Crime Charges

Date: April 24, 2008

NEW BRITAIN — - A city woman accused of selling pirated computer software on eBay faces numerous charges, according to court records.

Julie Pollowitz, 44, who earlier this year was charged by warrant with first-degree computer crime, second-degree forgery and sixth-degree larceny, is free on $5,000 bail. On Thursday, her case was continued to next month in Superior Court in New Britain.

The case was sparked by a complaint by a Louisiana man who paid Pollowitz $87 for software that turned out to be pirated and unworkable, according to the arrest affidavit.

Police searched her home and seized 54 CDs with illegally copied software. Based on records found in her computer, police said it appears Pollowitz had copied about $10,000 of software and sold some of those copies to unsuspecting buyers, the warrant states.

According to the warrant, Pollowitz told officers that she didn't know copying software was illegal and that "everybody does it."

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