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Mary Manning
 

2 accused of selling counterfeit slot machines

15 June 2009

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Two men have been indicted for allegedly selling counterfeit video slot machines and programs in Las Vegas.

Rudolfo 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-brand video slot machines and counterfeit IGT computer programs, the U.S. Justice Department, U.S. Attorney Gregory Brower of Nevada and FBI Special Agent Steven M. Martinez of the Las Vegas office said today.

Cabrera was arrested Monday in Riga, Latvia, based on the indictment. Mantilla is scheduled to appear based on a summons in U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada on July 2, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert J. Johnston.

According to the indictment, returned on April 22 and unsealed Wednesday, Cabrera owned and operated a company called FE Electronic in Riga, Latvia, and Mantilla owned and operated a company named Southeast Gaming Inc., in Cape Coral.

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 computer programs, install counterfeit computer programs in IGT slot machine cabinets and then sell them all through their companies without permission of IGT, which is based in Reno.

The indictment alleges they sold IGT-marked software programs in Las Vegas.

Cabrera and Mantilla are charged in the indictment 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 of all charges, each man 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, if convicted, to forfeit any and all counterfeit items and up to $5 million in proceeds from their alleged criminal activity.