Charges Brought Against Would-Be Breach Thief
Atomic Games has now brought charges against the man allegedly behind the attempted theft of a build of Atomic's shooter Breach from the PAX East 2010 expo earlier this year, with the defendant pleading not guilty.
During PAX East this March, it was reported that 20-year-old Delaware resident Justin May had been caught in the act of downloading Breach from an expo booth demo to his laptop in plain sight. He had only managed to get 14 megabytes' worth of the game before he was arrested.
May's computers and several modified game consoles were confiscated from his home, and he spent several hours in jail. After posting bail, however, May failed to appear for his scheduled court arraignment.
Today, more than a month later, May was finally brought to court, where he was charged with larceny and the buying, selling, or receiving of trade secrets. The larceny charge carry potential penalties of up to five years in prison or a $25,000 fine. May pleaded not guilty, despite earlier admitting to police officers that he had been attempting to copy the files.