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In 2007, Merit Entertainment worked closely with the Morris County, NJ Prosecutors Office to investigate the selling of counterfeit Megatouch equipment on eBay’s Web site. As a result of that investigation Nisan Naveh was arrested on May 15th, 2007 for alleged trademark infringement, and the alleged selling of counterfeit gaming consoles and computer software from his New Jersey home. On March 24th, 2009 Mr. Naveh entered the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program in Morris County.
PTI is a probationary program available only to first time offenders. For the next three years, Mr. Naveh will meet regularly with a probation officer. Other requirements of the program are 50 hours of community service, fines, random drug testing, and additional conditions the probation officer may impose.
While serving in this 3-year program, Mr. Naveh must remain offense-free and upon successful completion of the program, the charges against him will be dismissed. Should Mr. Naveh re-offend, especially if it is the same conduct, he could face serious repercussions such as punishment on the underlying charges, or punishment for new offenses, which could be made to run consecutively to his original charges.
“Merit is thankful to the Morris County Prosecutors office for their assistance in this case. We will continue to aggressively protect our trademarks and copyrights worldwide,” said Bob Fay, Merit’s Director of Government Relations. “We want to show our distributors that we are protecting their interests in the marketplace while sending the message to potential counterfeiters that illegally duplicating Megatouch products carries severe legal consequences.”