News Japanese Man Arrested for Selling 200 Modified Wii Consoles
posted on 2011-09-29 23:56 EDT by Egan Loo
On Thursday, police in Aichi Prefecture arrested Shintarō Monishi, a 33-year-old agricultural worker from Ehime Prefecture's Yawatahama City, for modifying Nintendo Wii game consoles to play illegally pirated software and then selling them. The suspect is being charged for infringing on Nintendo's trademarks.
According to the police, the suspect purchased used Wii consoles at about 5,000 yen (about US$65), modified them, and then sold them for about 20,000 yen (about US$260). Between last November and this month, the suspect allegedly sold about 200 consoles and earned 4.5 million yen (about US$59,000). In particular, he is accused of selling the modified Wii consoles on Internet and mobile phone site auctions between December of 2010 and March of 2011.