zFire Xue Arrested for Violations of Supervision Order

9 06 2011

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:

  1. Committing the criminal offense of Possession of Stolen Property 1st degree;
  2. Committing the criminal offense of Trafficking in Stolen Property 2nd degree;
  3. Associating with a convicted felon;
  4. Associating with a convicted felon; (note these are two separate charges, which would indicate two separate people/felons)
  5. Failing to allow the U.S. Probation Officer to inspect any personal computer owned or operated by the defendant;
  6. Failing to notify the USPO of all computer software owned or operated by the defendant;
  7. 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.

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2 responses

10 06 2011
Unya Tigerfish

Evidentiary hearing on May 18th… .now that is almost a month ago… is the outcome of that maybe publicly available aswell?

Yes, personal curiosity, and to draw a real satisfactory final line (a prison sentence would do) under the whole affair…

10 06 2011
no2redzone

Indeed, but that was just an evidentiary hearing. The details of it are here:

http://wa.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.20110524_0001206.WWA.htm/qx

In summary, it looks like some kind of plea bargain has happened where Prime has admitted counts 4-7 (count 4 is association with Shawn Cahill – a name we saw before), and the authorities then agreed not to prosecute the more serious counts 1-3. There will be another hearing when the final verdict is given, but at this point Prime stands convicted of violating his supervision order.

Oh and see this: “defendant has been detained.”




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