Avril Korman blogged an interesting follow up to the RedZone affair a couple of weeks ago. I will quote from her article:
On April 20, 2011, a violation report (for anyone truly that interested, the case number is U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, case number 01CR00310RSL- and this information is public- call them yourself if you want) was submitted alleging that zFire (Mike Prime) had violated his conditions of supervision by:
- Committing the criminal offense of Possession of Stolen Property 1st degree;
- Committing the criminal offense of Trafficking in Stolen Property 2nd degree;
- Associating with a convicted felon;
- Associating with a convicted felon; (note these are two separate charges, which would indicate two separate people/felons)
- Failing to allow the U.S. Probation Officer to inspect any personal computer owned or operated by the defendant;
- Failing to notify the USPO of all computer software owned or operated by the defendant;
- Beginning employment without prior approval of USPO and working for cash.
A warrant was issued for his arrest and on May 2, he surrendered to U.S. Marshals. He appeared before a U.S. Magistrate Judge and denied the allegations. An evidentiary hearing is currently scheduled for May 18, 2011. At this time, pending that evidentiary hearing, he remains in custody.
I think both counts 6 and 7 have some bearing on RedZone, but it is not clear to the extent that thse actually figured in the action by the authroities. I note Avril suggests only count 7 relates to his activities in Second Life, and she is in a better position to know.
In any case, it is an interesting epilogue to the RedZone affair. In the end the bad guy goes to jail.