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TORONTO - After earlier raids, a Toronto man and his company pleaded guilty to charges laid under the Radiocommunication Act.

"The Greater Toronto Area Federal Enforcement Section of The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, with the co-operation of Bell ExpressVu executed several search warrants that resulted in the seizure of numerous computers and devices specifically designed to defeat or bypass the scrambling system in Canadian Direct to Home satellite programming," reads an RCMP release issued Friday. The devices are also used in the decoding of encrypted signals that emanate from American broadcasters.

Charges under Section 10(1)(b) of the Radiocommunication Act and Sections 327(1), 334(b)(ii) and 355(b)(ii) of the Criminal Code of Canada pertaining to the illegal manufacture and sale of satellite devices, theft of telecommunication and possession of the proceeds of crime were laid against:
EZ Technologies Inc. located at Racine Road, Etobicoke.
Sarkar Azmi, 46 of Toronto

On February 13, 2004, EZ Technologies and AZMI pleaded guilty to the charges under Section 10(1)(b) of the Radiocommunication Act. EZ Technologies was fined $5,000 and AZMI was fined $1,000 plus forfeiture of the $4,000 seized during the search. The devices seized during the search which would have generated revenue in excess of $1 million were ordered forfeited. All other charges were withdrawn," says the release.

"The theft of satellite subscription programming signals impacts directly upon the economy of the industry, resulting in lost jobs, higher fees for legitimate paying customers and loss of royalties to the artists," said Insp. Goulet, officer in charge, Greater Toronto Area Federal Enforcement Section.
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