RCMP bust satellite-TV-stealing operationInspectors raid two Winnipeg locations
By QMI Agency
Updated 1 hour ago
Hundreds of receivers used to steal satellite TV signals have been seized in one of the largest telecommunications busts in years.
RCMP and Industry Canada inspectors raided two Winnipeg locations, a business on St. Mary’s Road and a residence on Lodge Avenue, Wednesday at 10 a.m.
They seized $26,000 in equipment, including nine computers and 144 satellite television receivers.
“The receivers were modified in a fashion that would enable them to receive a pay TV signal without being a paid subscriber,” said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Miles Hiebert.
WIRELESS SECURITY CAMERAS SEIZED
RCMP also seized uncertified wireless security cameras which were being offered for sale at the store. The cameras operate on frequencies reserved for aeronautical navigation, which means they pose a security risk for Canada, RCMP says.
A 29-year-old Winnipeg man was arrested at the home. He’ll face charges under the Criminal Code and the Radiocommunications Act.
More arrests are coming, but Hiebert couldn’t comment on whether those targeted would be fellow scammers or people who had been using the stolen TV signals and equipment.
“Our investigation is continuing and could go in any number of directions,” Hiebert said. “I can confirm this is a significant arrest and seizure for the RCMP federal enforcement section. I am told it has been a number of years since we have made a seizure of this type in the province.”
RCMP remind the public that stealing TV services is illegal, as is the sale of equipment modified to intercept television signals illegally.