Sudbury RCMP seize $18,000 worth of satellite equipment


SUDBURY, Ont. - The Sudbury Royal Canadian Mounted Police executed a search warrant today under the Radiocommunications Act and the Criminal Code of Canada and seized black market satellite gear from a London, Ont. man.

Wu, of Ridout Street South in London, is now facing charges. The RCMP seized multiple access cards (for DirecTV and Dish Network) and other items (such as HU card loaders, unloopers, etc.) related to the piracy and theft of telecommunication, "after Wu was observed selling the equipment at the New Sudbury Shopping Mall," says the RCMP release.

The value of the seizure is estimated at approximately $18,000 plus $12,000 in cash

The man has been released on recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court in January 28th, 2004 in the City of Greater Sudbury, Ontario.

"Illegal satellite systems and the theft of satellite signals is costing Canadian businesses hundreds and thousands of dollars every day. Many companies are feeling the financial negative impact by the seemingly unchecked illegal satellite systems presently in operation," said S/Sgt. Claude Faucher, Officer in Charge of the RCMP Sudbury Detachment.

"Theft of a satellite signal is no different than any other theft. Theft is theft."

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