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24 Sep 2008 12:00 AM by satandpcguy Star rating in Gandia, Valencia. 399 posts Send private message

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Desmantelan una red de pirateo de canales de televisión que ha defraudado 500 millones de euros

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Los 14 detenidos habrían defraudado más de 500 millones de euros y tenían más de 60.000 clientes, que pagaban hasta 22 euros al mes.

EUROPA PRESS La Guardia Civil ha desarticulado una red internacional dedicada a emitir canales privados de televisión, sin disponer los derechos para ello, a clientes de origen británico con domicilio en Alicante, Murcia y Almería. La operación se ha saldado con 14 detenidos que habrían defraudado más de 500 millones de euros a las plataformas de televisión y a la Hacienda Pública.

La organización, integrada por ocho españoles, tres británicos, un bielorruso, un rumano y un ruso, captaba la señal de canales británicos y los emitían en la costa levantina para clientes procedentes de Reino Unido, sin pagar los derechos correspondientes y sin declarar los beneficios.

Según los investigadores, los estafadores disponían de tres empresas con cobertura legal, a través de las que operaban de forma encubierta. Declaraban un número muy inferior de suscriptores a los que realmente tenía --60.000 personas-- y después distribuían ilegalmente la señal en territorio español.

La operación, denominada 'Cimitarra', se inició a raíz de la denuncia presentada por un representante legal de Sogecable, tras detectar que determinadas emisiones de canales británicos en Alicante incluían contenidos cuya titularidad de los derechos audiovisuales en España correspondía a dicha plataforma digital.

A continuación, las pesquisas revelaron que la organización disponía de una nave situada en un polígono industrial del municipio alicantino de Algorfa, que albergaba potentes antenas parabólicas y decodificadores, contratados en Reino Unido e Irlanda.

Estos medios técnicos permitían captar la señal de varias cadenas británicas de televisión por satélite. Así, los sospechosos descodificaban y volvían a codificar las cadenas utilizando un sistema denominado IRDETO, para posteriormente distribuirla a sus clientes de toda la costa, desde Benidorm hasta la localidad almeriense de Vera, a través de una red de emisores y repetidores propios.

Los agentes han realizado 22 registros, en los que se han incautado equipos informáticos, material técnico de recepción y emisión de televisión, decodificadores, mezcladores y dinero en metálico por valor de más de cinco millones de euros.

MÁS DE 60.000 CLIENTES

La trama disponía de más de 60.000 clientes, en su mayoría miembros de la comunidad británica afincados en la costa levantina, que pagaban 590 euros por gastos de instalación, más las cuotas mensuales de entre 18 y 22 euros o bien cuotas anuales de entre 200 y 220 euros, dependiendo de los canales contratados.

La instalación en el domicilio de los clientes consistía en una antena específica para las frecuencias de emisión utilizadas y un aparato decodificador que únicamente funcionaba con una tarjeta con numeración única para cada cliente, lo cual hacía posible cortar la señal en caso de falta de pago.

Algunos canales de televisión habían dado autorización para facilitar la señal a un número limitado de clientes, cobrando los derechos correspondientes, pero la red incumplía este compromiso ya que el número real de clientes era muy superior al realmente declarado por la organización.

Del mismo modo, defraudaban a la Hacienda Pública, ya que declaraban las ganancias correspondientes a sólo unos 17.000 clientes. Las investigaciones han sido llevadas a cabo por el Equipo de Policía Judicial de la Guardia Civil de Torrevieja (Alicante).
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Dismantled a network of piracy of TV channels that has defrauded 500 million euros

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The 14 detainees have defrauded more than 500 million and had over 60,000 customers, who paid up to 22 euros per month.

EUROPA PRESS The Civil Guard has dismantled an international network dedicated to deliver private television channels, without the rights to do so, customers of British origin residing in Alicante, Murcia and Almeria. The operation has resulted in 14 detainees who allegedly defrauded more than 500 million euros for the TV platforms and Public Finance.

The organization, comprised of eight Spaniards, three British, one Belarussian, a Romanian and a Russian, captured the British-channel signal and broadcast in the Levantine coast for clients from UK, without paying the corresponding rights and benefits without declaring .

According to investigators, fraudsters have three companies with legal cover, through which operating covertly. Reported a much smaller number of subscribers to those who actually had - 60,000 people - and then illegally distribute the signal in Spanish territory.

The operation, called 'Scimitar', was launched following a complaint filed by a legal representative of Sogecable, after detecting that some of Britain's emissions in Alicante whose contents included ownership of TV rights in Spain correspond to the digital platform.

Then, the investigation revealed that the organization had a house located in an industrial estate in the municipality of Algorfa Alicante, which housed powerful satellite dishes and decoders, hired in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

These technical means allowing capture the signal of several British television channels via satellite. Thus, the suspects returned to decode and encode channels using a system called Irdeto, and then distribute it to their customers across the coast from Benidorm to the Andalusian village of Vera, through a network of transmitters and repeaters themselves.

The agents have conducted 22 searches, which have seized computers, technical equipment for the reception and broadcast television decoders, mixers and cash worth over five million euros.

MORE THAN 60,000 CUSTOMERS

The plot had more than 60,000 customers, mostly members of the British community established in the Levantine coast, which paid 590 euros per installation costs, plus monthly premiums of between 18 and 22 euros, or annual fees of between 200 and 220 euros, depending on the channels hired.

The installation in the homes of customers consisted of an antenna-specific emission frequencies used and a decoder that only worked appliance with a card with numbers unique to each customer, which made it possible to cut the signal in case of nonpayment.

Some TV channels had given authorization to provide the signal to a limited number of customers, gaining the rights concerned, but the network breached this commitment and that the actual number of customers was much higher than actually declared by the organization.

Similarly, to defraud the Treasury, as reported profits for only about 17,000 customers. The investigations have been carried out by the Team of the Judicial Police of the Guardia Civil of Torrevieja (Alicante)

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24 Sep 2008 4:31 PM by FibbyUK Star rating in UK, Surrey & Playa F.... 2349 posts Send private message

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I take it they won't be back in business then!

Can I get a refund if they broadcast illegally, case of mis-selling?!!!!           

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25 Sep 2008 9:01 AM by carsafe Star rating. 28 posts Send private message

Hi Satandpcguy

Thanks for all your helpful info over the last few weeks,sure many people are grateful.
We have decided to go down the Freesat route as we spend a lot of time in the winter in our place in Aguas Nuevas,Torrevieja.
Can you recommend anyone in our area to set this up for us,costs etc
Thanks



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