Symantec Corp. announced on Wednesday it was awarded more than $1 million in restitution from a Houston software counterfeiter.

A year-long investigation by the Houston Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation snagged Li Chen, proprietor of Microsource International in Houston. In November 2004, investigators found more than 5,100 units of counterfeit Symantec software at Microsource, along with documents showing he had sold more than $9.9 million worth of bogus Symantec products between April 2002 and October 2004.

Chen plead guilty to counterfeiting both Symantec and Microsoft software. Microsoft was awarded $95,000 in restitution.

In an e-mail, Bonnie MacNaughton, Microsoft senior attorney, said, ''This case is a great example of how industry and law enforcement collaboration can help ensure that consumers are protected from software pirates and receive the security and benefits of genuine software.''

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