Between January 2010 and June 2011, undercover ICE special agents purchased hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of software from Crack99.com, ICE said. The investigation led to a face-to-face meeting between Li and undercover agents on the island of Saipan in June 2011. Li agreed to travel from China to Saipan to deliver pirated software, design packaging and 20GBs of proprietary data from a U.S. software company to undercover agents posing as U.S. businessmen, ICE said.
Li was indicted in Delaware in November 2010.
The criminal copyright infringement charge has a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or twice the gain or loss from the criminal act. The wire fraud charge has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.