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poCars seized in probe of software piracy

Federal agents seized five luxury automobiles from an Orchard Park couple this week as part of an investigation into allegations that they had sold millions of dollars in pirated software to hospitals and medical companies.

Christopher and Robin Boyd, who run B&L Medical at 2795 Genesee St. in Cheektowaga, are the subjects of an investigation of at least $7 million in fraudulent business.

Federal attorneys, who have presented evidence to a grand jury, say no charges have been filed.

But after receiving approval Monday from U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy, federal agents seized assets totaling $400,000, including bank accounts, a 2001 Jaguar, two 2002 Lexuses, a 2003 Acura and a 2004 Subaru Impreza.

"This is a wide investigation involving millions of dollars and probably hundreds of potential victims," Assistant U.S. Attorney Martin J. Littlefield said.

The Boyds did not return a telephone call seeking comment; Joel L. Daniels, their attorney, is involved in a trial.

"We're a little bit surprised that the government has taken this drastic action," said Norman P. Effman, Daniels' associate. "We are reviewing the paperwork that was submitted to this office, and we will respond when appropriate."

Christopher Boyd is listed as the sole owner of B&L Medical, and his wife is a company employee.

In affidavits filed in court, agents for the FBI and Internal Revenue Service say B&L Medical sold medical software for preserving and transmitting digital X-rays.

Executives of GE Health Care and MedWeb testified before a grand jury that B&L actually had modified and copied their companies' software.

The software had been converted to be used without accompanying hardware, the executives testified, and still bore the original serial numbers of their products.

FBI agents had obtained search warrants Oct. 25, 2006, for B&L's offices, as well as the Boyds' home at 18 Hillsboro Drive in Orchard Park.

In January, the investigation expanded to include money laundering. That led to the involvement of IRS agents, who documented about $1.5 million in undeclared income from 2002 to 2005 and included a number of expenses apparently paid in cash.

In addition to cars, the purchases included homes: the Boyds' Orchard Park house; a West Seneca house in the name of Christopher Boyd and his son Adam; a Clearwater, Fla., condominium; and a time share in Las Vegas.

"The investigation has revealed thus far that Christopher Boyd and Robin Boyd's lifestyle does not support their reported income," IRS Agent Scott M. Simmons said in a sworn affidavit.


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