JUNE 10, 2003
SATELLITE PIRACY CHARGES LAID
HAMILTON, ON, June 10 /CNW/ - Yesterday, following two eight month investigations, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Greater Toronto Area Federal Enforcement Section charged 23 persons and eight business locations of HUWORKS TV with conspiracy charges relating to offences under sections 9 and 10 of the Radio Communication Act which deals with satellite piracy.
Also charged, in a separate investigation is Adam DICKER and his company SATAN'S PLAYHOUSE relating to offences under sections 9 and 10 of the Radio Communication Act.
It is alleged that the individuals and companies took part in the illegal sale and distribution of American Direct Tv and Dishnet Satellite Systems thereby enabling Canadian consumers to receive satellite signals which are prohibited in Canada.
The Supreme Court of Canada, in a decision published on April 26, 2002, ruled that it is an offence to decode encrypted satellite signals without the authorization of a distributor holding the necessary legal rights in Canada. Bell Expressvu and Starchoice are the only two companies which are licenced by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to provide satellite service to Canadian residents.
"These charges demonstrate the ability of all agencies involved to stop criminal activity that affects all of us. This is not a victimless crime as monies diverted from the legitimate economy only hurt our social services in the end," stated Inspector Peter Goulet, Officer in Charge of the Greater Toronto Area Federal Enforcement Section.
"We have a thriving film and motion picture business in Canada and this type of activity threatens that industry."
Charged with conspiracy to sell and distribute American satellite signals are:
HUWORKS.TV Cedar Pointe Dr. Barrie ON
HUWORKS.TV 2nd Ave., E, Owen Sound, ON
HUWORKS.TV Concession St., Hamilton, ON
HUWORKS.TV Northwest Drive, Mississauga, ON
HUWORKS.TV Balsam Street, Collingwood, ON
HUWORKS.TV Lodge Street, Waterloo, ON
HUWORKS.TV Union Road, Beamsville, ON
HUWORKS.TV Thorold, ON
Joseph Patrick Roland OUELLETTE, age 37, of Conc 8, Nottawa, ON
Mike TURKAJA, age 36, of Louisa Street, Kitchener, ON
Phillip MORROW, age 39, of Moore Street, Kitchener, ON
Tae Eun KIM, age 34, of Westmount Road North, Waterloo, ON
Paul CATER, age 40, of King Street North, Waterloo, ON
Jim GALEA, age 41, of Glenayr Street, Hamilton, ON
Frank RUNCU, of King Street West, Hamilton, ON
Marco GIUSTI, age 23, of Summlea Drive, Hamilton, ON
Benjamin LABA, age 33, of King Street West, Hamilton, ON
Sue OBEE, age 49, of Cecil Street, St Catharines, ON
Grant William OBEE, of Cecil Street, St Catharines, ON
Neale BROWN, age 25, of Edgewater Crescent, Burlington, ON
Parrish WOOD, age 32, of Carlisle Road, Carlisle, ON
Michael WIERENGA, age 36, of Melrose Avenue South, Hamilton, ON
Nikolas LORAKIANITIS, of Waters Edge Drive, Oakville, ON
Martyn GILLOTT, age 41, of Blezard Drive, Beamsville, ON
Shannon MADIGAN, age 30, of Kentucky Court, Niagara Falls, ON
Diane SILNA NETO, age 25, of MacNab St North, Hamilton ON
William HILL, age 38, of Regional Road 69, St Anns, ON
Wade LAMPMAN, age 37, of Lakeside Drive, Beamsville, ON
Jack Russell HILL, age 34, of Local Airport Rd., Nottawa, RR No. 1 ON
Andrew J TANE, age 43, of Oxbow Park Drive, Wasaga Beach ON
Kerry OSMOND of Hamilton, ON
All persons charged with the exception of Adam DICKER will appear at John Sopinka Court House in Hamilton on July 31, 2003 for a first appearance. DICKER will appear at the Newmarket Court House on July 16th, 2003 for a first appearance.
for more information, please contact:
Constable Judy Laurence