SATELLITE CARD PIRATE NABBED

December 4, 2003 The “A” Division Federal Enforcement Unit has laid charges against an Ontario man who allegedly reprogrammed illegal satellite dish access cards.

The nine-month investigation culminated with the seizure of the man’s vehicle, several Direct TV satellite systems and numerous piracy-related devices. This investigation was assisted by experts from Industry Canada.

Kim Allan Seveny, 51, of Brinston, Ontario has been charged with offences under the Radiocommunication Act (Sections 9 and 10) and Section 327 of the Criminal Code.

If convicted, Seveny could face two years in prison and fines of up to $5,000. He also stands to lose any proceeds that he may have acquired through his illegal activities. Seveny has been released on a promise to appear in court on Jan. 29, 2004.

Background on the law and enforcement

Although the legality of U.S. satellite dishes has been unclear in the past, the law is now clear: the sale and use of unlicensed satellite equipment is illegal in Canada. A Supreme Court ruling confirmed this in April 2002.

The RCMP is responsible for enforcement of the Radiocommunication Act. We are taking an integrated approach to investigating satellite signal theft by working with federal government departments such as Industry Canada.

We continue to take the measures necessary to apply the law with particular emphasis on commercial operations and the theft of telecommunications.

Satellite signal theft represents a tremendous loss to the Canadian economy. It also represents a physical danger. Illegal satellite equipment often uses frequencies not authorized in Canada, and has been shown to interfere with search and rescue, aircraft emergency and police radio frequencies.

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For further information, please contact:

Cst. Nathalie Deschênes, 993-9902
“A” Division Media Relations