The start of the slide for Dotcom as Andrus Nomm pleads guilty

One of the?top six from Megaupload voluntarily handed himself in to US authorities and has plead guilty and copped one year in prison as a result…that’s a pretty sweet deal and likely to cause Dotcom some coming headaches.

NBR reports:

Programmer Andrus Nomm, described as one of the top six executives at Kim Dotcom’s former file sharing service Megaupload, has plead guilty to felony copyright infringement in the US and been sentenced to a year’s jail, Ars Technica reports.

A rapid-fire process saw Nomm arrested in the US state of Virginia last week after waiving his right to fight extradition from the Netherlands after a multi-year fight (he was first arrested in January 2012 shortly after the raid on Dotcom mansion). Virginia is the state where most of Megauploads servers were located before being shut down by the FBI three years ago as copyright, racketeering, money laundering and other charges were filed against Kim Dotcom and his co-accused.

Nomm’s sentence is relatively light. Earlier this week, Dotcom’s US attorney Ira Rothken speculated to NBR that Nomm has struck a plea bargain with authorities.

If I was in his position I would have copped a plea too, to score one year only means there must be trouble brewing for the Fat German.

It’s not yet clear if Nomm agreed to testify against Dotcom and his co-acussed, but authories say he did reach a plea agreement. Court papers say?Nomm?admitted he knew copyright-violating material was on Megaupload:

Nomm agreed that the harm caused to copyright holders by the Mega Conspiracy?s criminal conduct exceeded $400 million. He further acknowledged that the group obtained at least $175 million in proceeds through their conduct. Megaupload.com had claimed that, at one time, it accounted for four percent of total Internet traffic, having more than one billion total visits, 150 million registered users and 50 million daily visitors.

In a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Nomm admitted that he was a computer programmer who worked for the Mega Conspiracy from 2007 until his arrest in January 2012. Nomm further admitted that, through his work as a computer programmer, he was aware that copyright-infringing content was stored on the websites, including copyright protected motion pictures and television programs, some of which contained the ?FBI Anti-Piracy? warning. Nomm also admitted that he personally downloaded copyright-infringing files from the Mega websites. Despite his knowledge in this regard, Nomm continued to participate in the Mega Conspiracy.

Dotcom and his co-accused face an extradition hearing due to start in July.

If I was Kim’s other pals I would be getting on teh blower quick smart tot he Feds in Virginia and trying to arrange a similar deal and chuck the fat German under a very large bus.

 

– NBR

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