Edwardsburg Township man charged with satellite signal theft

(Kingston, ON - April 19, 2005) - Charges have been filed against an Ontario man after Kingston RCMP discovered several satellite systems set up in an Edwardsburg Township, 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 April 5, 2005 and found two satellite systems located throughout the home. Legal “free to air” receivers had been modified to receive encrypted signals from USA Dishnetwork 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 April 7, 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.

James Richard NOLAN, 66, of Edwardsburg Township, ON, is charged with six counts of possession of illegal satellite equipment and two counts of theft of telecommunication. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance June 10, 2005 in Brockville, ON.

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