ITAC owner sent down and assets seized to cover £2.5m fine


ITAC owner sent down and assets seized to cover £2.5m fine

Microscope contributor

Microsoft continues to pursue ITAC owner Barry Omesuh to get hold of the £2.5m he has been ordered to pay in damages after being found guilty of intellectual property infringement.

The vendor has been handed the power to force Omesuh to sell his properties, including his holiday home, in order to meet the debt after the reseller was found to be in contempt of court and sent down for nine months.

Omesuh has also landed himself a prison sentence because of his decision to try to hide the value of his assets in court.

“The defendant was a wholly unreliable witness who on hi sown admission told a number of bare-face lies about relevant matters over a period of time,” in a statement send out to channel publications.

The case against ITAC has been rumbling on for years and Microsoft was able to come out publicly and disclose it had won the case last year and swipe aside some channel speculation that it had lost the case against the reseller.

Graham Arthur, anti-piracy attorney at Microsoft UK, said that all it wanted was a level playing field for the channel and was determined to take out of the equation anyone who undermined other partners.

We want to make sure that resellers caught cheating the system are held accountable for their damaging actions,” he said.

We caught ITAC trading illegally more than once which shows how determined we are to protect genuine, honest business from being undercut by unscrupulous traders,” he added.

The case against ITAC was launched five years ago in 2004 when the vendor accused the reseller of parallel importing and selling products cheaper than UK rivals.

The waters were muddied by ITAC’s attempts to counter sue the vendor for making those claims and because the case went into the legal process some resellers believed that the vendor had lost the case.

But in February 2006 ITAC was ordered to pay £1m and pledged not to do it again but then was found to be unlawfully trading software again and a court order was granted in March 2008 to freeze Omesuh’s assets and reveal what they were.

His flouting of that order has led to the current situation.

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