SHERBROOKE, Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - Last Thursday, police officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Estrie Detachment, with the assistance of the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association, Industry Canada and Bell Express Vu, conducted a search in Austin, in the Bedford Township, that put an end to the illegal activities of a 64-year-old man involved in the theft of satellite television signals. He was also in possession of equipment that was allegedly used to receive signals illegally.

As a result of this search, approximately twenty receivers, fifty Bell smart cards that could be used for piracy, and equipment that could be used to steal satellite signals were seized. The police officers also seized computers containing information on satellite signal piracy.

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The Austin resident was arrested and questioned by the police officers. He could be summoned to appear in court on charges of theft of satellite signals, possession of equipment used to intercept satellite signals and distribution of pirated items used to fraudulently intercept satellite signals under the Radiocommunication Act.

The investigation was conducted by police officers of the RCMP Federal Investigation Section. This section is responsible for investigating cases of fraud against the Federal Government and for enforcing federal statutes, including the Weights and Measures Act, the Copyright Act, the Trade-marks Act, and the Radiocommunication Act.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police invites the public to report any information on local individuals or groups of persons engaging in illegal activities related to these statutes by calling (819) 564-5770. All tips will be kept confidential.

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For Information:
Corporal Luc Bessette
Communications Office
(514) 939-8308