Picton man charged with satellite signal theft

(Kingston, ON - March 3, 2005) - Charges have been filed against an Ontario man after Kingston RCMP discovered several satellite systems set up in a Picton, ON home which were being used to demonstrate signal piracy.

Members of the Kingston RCMP Federal Enforcement Section executed a search warrant at the home Feb. 10, 2005 and found three satellite systems located throughout the home. Legal “free to air” receivers had been modified to receive encrypted signals from Bell Express Vu and other satellite systems. The search came after an investigation was conducted with the assistance of the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association and charges were laid Feb. 24, 2005.

“The theft of satellite signals cost various industries an estimated $300 Million last year. The RCMP is committed to continuing to investigate this type of illegal activity,” RCMP Sgt. Sandy Fraser said of the offences under the Radio Communications Act and the Criminal Code of Canada.

Gerd Herbeck, 62, of Picton, ON, is charged with four counts of possession of illegal satellite equipment and four counts of theft of communications. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance May 11, 2005 in Picton.

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Media Contacts:
Sgt. Sandy Fraser
Federal Enforcement Section, Kingston RCMP
(613) 384-7201 ext. 245