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Police in Kyoto Prefecture arrested a 19-year-old man Tuesday for allegedly modifying iPhones and selling them with the trademark of Apple Inc. left on the devices, in violation of the trademark law.

The man, a part-timer in the town of Harima in neighboring Hyogo Prefecture, has admitted to the charges, investigative sources said.

He is suspected of selling a modified iPhone, with the Apple trademark still visible, online to an 18-year-old man in Kyoto Prefecture for ¥15,000 in August last year, the sources said. The suspect also allegedly sold such an iPhone to an 18-year-old man in the central prefecture of Aichi for ¥50,000, in conspiracy with a 20-year-old acquaintance, in November or December of the same year.

With modified — or jailbroken — iPhones, users can install illegitimate apps that enable them to cheat on mobile games.

Such apps, which can be used for multiple games, were installed on the jailbroken iPhones that were confiscated in the case, the sources said.

The two men who bought the modified iPhones have admitted their purpose was to use such cheating apps, according to the sources.

The police raided the suspect’s home in January and seized 15 secondhand iPhones. Of them, 14 had been modified, according to the sources.

The police believe that the suspect sold a total of around 60 jailbroken iPhones between July last year and January, earning some ¥2.5 million, the sources said.

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