William Veyna of Witchita Falls, Texas got caught trading, uploading, and downloading copyrighted material. Like Ferris, Veyna got started by talking in chat rooms and socializing with other individuals online. Veyna soon became part of a group that gave him access to the trading of copyrighted material and became a “site operator,” providing access of copyrighted material to thousands of people online. Veyna was a significant member of a software piracy group that distributed copies software, movies, and games with a combined value of more than $50 million. “Before this, I had a good job at a software company, making $60,000 a year and with a good retirement and pension plan.”
Through an undercover sting operation, Veyna was caught and given 15 months jail time and ordered to pay $929,000 restitution.