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A Dutch policeman was arrested and charged with handling stolen goods, after the National Crime Squad intercepted a van with 20,000 Microsoft Windows 95 Upgrade CD-ROMs on board. Two others, a Dutch national and a UK national, were arrested and charged with handling stolen goods worth £1.5 million. The CDs, believed to be stolen from KAO Systems in Ireland, a Microsoft distribution centre, were recovered on September 3, following an “intensive two year investigation”. The operation started from “surveillance of software sales adverts on the Internet,” Microsoft reveals. UK police have recovered stolen or counterfeit Microsoft CDs worth up £50 million in the past three months, according Microsoft's UK Internal Investigations team. "If the price looks to good to be true...be very suspicious," David Gregory, anti-piracy manager at Microsoft, warned. He said the raids demonstrate Microsoft’s “unswerving commitment to protect the vast majority of UK computer resellers. "We promised to hunt down the illegal distribution channel and give a fair playing field to those who want to do business with us." Detective Chief Inspector Alan Williams from the National Crime Squad added: "The remit of the NCS is to target organised crime on a national and international scale. Organised crime revolves around profit, and it is evident that the illegal sale of this property can realise vast amounts of profit for those involved." More information is available from Microsoft's Web Site

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