May 15, 2015

Chinese National Indicted on Charges of Online Software Piracy

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Zheng Zhi Han, 30, of Putian, Fujian Province, People’s Republic of China, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury on charges of copyright infringement and trafficking in products designed to circumvent security protections of copyrighted works.

According to the indictment, Zheng Zhi Han reproduced and distributed thousands of Microsoft and Adobe copyrighted products through numerous websites, such as He also distributed counterfeit product keys/serial numbers for Adobe products that were modified to bypass security features that control access to Adobe software in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Zheng Zhi Han faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison if convicted. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Andrew G. McCabe, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the indictment was returned.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Doherty-McCormick is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.