A Brazilian court has upheld the convictions of a man who allegedly tried to use the country’s mobile payment system to buy virtual goods for himself.
The decision on Monday upheld the conviction of the man, Julio Cesar Soto, who is also known as “the hacker.”
He was charged with attempted extortion, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
A court has ordered a retrial.
The judge’s decision was made in the absence of an appeal, and the man faces a possible jail sentence of up to 10 years if found guilty.
The court ordered the retrial because Soto had not received any money from the Brazilian government and because of the length of time he has been in custody.
The prosecutor’s office argued that Soto’s plan was to use his mobile phone to pay money to someone he knew in order to buy digital games from Amazon.
The government has said it will appeal the verdict.
The case of Soto was first reported by Brazilian news website O Globo, which quoted an unnamed source as saying Soto tried to purchase the games for himself from Amazon on April 17.
The source said that Sotas mother had already paid for his game purchases on her credit card.
Brazil is currently embroiled in a bitter battle between Amazon and the countrys most popular e-book and movie publisher, Amazon, which claims the country is losing billions of dollars a year to piracy.
Amazon has said that it has the right to block pirated content.