Feds bust fake video games scam

Washington, DC – Two men have been arrested by the FBI in a scam involving counterfeit video gaming machines. If found guilty they face 45 years in jail and fines of more than $5.25 million.

Rodolfo Rodriguez Cabrera, 43, a Cuban national, and Henry Mantilla, 35, of Cape Coral, Fla., have been charged in a scheme to produce and sell counterfeit International Game Technology (IGT) video gaming slot machines and counterfeit software.

Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer, US Attorney for the District of Nevada Gregory A. Brower and FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Las Vegas Field Office Steven M. Martinez said that Cabrera was arrested June 8 in Riga, Latvia, and the two are scheduled to appear in the District Court for the District of Nevada on July 2.

According to the indictment, Cabrera owned and operated a company called FE Electronic in Riga and Mantilla owned and operated a company named Southeast Gaming, in Florida.

The indictment alleges that between August 2007 and April 15, 2009, Cabrera and Mantilla ‘conspired to make unauthorized copies of IGT video gaming machine computer programs, place counterfeit labels bearing IGT’s registered trademark on the computer programs, install the counterfeit computer programs in IGT gaming machine cabinets and then sell the counterfeit computer programs and gaming machines through their respective companies, all without the permission of the trademark and copyright owner, IGT’.

Cabrera and Mantilla are charged with one count of conspiracy, two counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods, two counts of trafficking in counterfeit labels and two counts of criminal copyright infringement. If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum of up to 45 years in prison and $5.25 million in fines.

The indictment also contains 13 forfeiture allegations that require the defendants to forfeit all counterfeit items and up to $5 million in proceeds from their criminal activity.