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#367190 - 20th Nov 2009 12:36pm Mum and daughter in Wirral Microsoft fraud
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A MOTHER and daughter were targeted by Microsoft investigators after selling computers loaded with illegal software.

Kathleen Boardman, 49, of Wervin Road, Kirkby, and Lauren Blenner Hassett, 23, of Nickelby Close, Toxteth, pleaded guilty to copyright infringement offences at Wirral magistrates court.

The court heard Boardman was a director of Katech Ltd and her daughter a company secretary, with shops in Liscard Road and Charing Cross, Birkenhead.

In May 2008 undercover investigators from Microsoft bought two computers, taking them away for examination and alerting Wirral Trading Standards.

Representing the council, Ken Abraham said normally software comes on a Microsoft CD, with an authenticity label and a “product key” string of numbers to input.

He said: “The computers were pre-loaded with Windows XP and Microsoft Office and copies of the operating system Vista were found.

“Microsoft confirmed they were counterfeit and they also found an authenticity label in the till. There was no need for this other than it being used to attach to computers and sold on to the public.”

When arrested Boardman told officers that she was a director in name only and her husband had been the driving force behind the operation.

She also said many people could not afford original software.

Andrew Boardman is currently in custody on unrelated matters and did not form part of the prosecution.

Defending the women Matthew Reynolds said: “These ladies are the unwitting stooges of Mr Boardman. There is nothing to trace him to the control of the business on paper.

“They went from being shop assistants to directors overnight, but there were responsibilities they should have been aware of. There has to be a big difference between someone who acts willfully and someone who is ignorant of their responsibilities.”

The business (unrelated to Katech International Ltd) folded. Microsoft estimated the costs of the investigation at more than £14,000.

The women will be sentenced on December 17.


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#367195 - 20th Nov 2009 1:03pm Re: Mum and daughter in Wirral Microsoft fraud [Re: ]
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I bought mine from there frown

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#367278 - 20th Nov 2009 7:32pm Re: Mum and daughter in Wirral Microsoft fraud [Re: cathie]
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It's the noose surely for these two. I don't think 14,000 was wasted.

When I worked at Trading Standards, Microsoft weren't bothered in the slightest, they didn't even return the calls. Jobsworths at the council!
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#367323 - 20th Nov 2009 10:02pm Re: Mum and daughter in Wirral Microsoft fraud [Re: DavidB]
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I know kate and lauren from when they had the shop on Charing Cross they were always good for a laugh and joke
They always gave discounts on anything you bought there but if the hubby was there he wouldn't
Lauren just had a Baby

Think it's all down to the husband

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#367325 - 20th Nov 2009 10:09pm Re: Mum and daughter in Wirral Microsoft fraud [Re: derekdwc]
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Microsoft: Your Money, Our Passion

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#367328 - 20th Nov 2009 10:31pm Re: Mum and daughter in Wirral Microsoft fraud [Re: Shadow_Omega]
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#367329 - 20th Nov 2009 10:35pm Re: Mum and daughter in Wirral Microsoft fraud [Re: SoundLad]
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