Bryson City, N.C- A cable operator pleaded guilty today before U.S.Magistrate Judge Dennis L. Howell to wire fraud and mail fraud charges for fraudulently acquiring and unlawfully rebroadcasting DIRECTV satellite television programming to the customers of Highlands Cable Group, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
Eagle West Communications of Mesa, no longer in business, once served customers from Williams to Cave Creek. But when the company ran into financial trouble in the mid-2000s, McKay and LaBarre concocted a scheme to pipe DirecTV’s signal, obtained fraudulently, to homes and businesses who had cable subscriptions.
68 Judgment in a Criminal Case (McKay) 31 Judgment in a Criminal Case 74 Judgment in a Criminal Case – LaBarre
DIRECTV’s complaint alleges that the Defendants unlawfully and willfully received and displayed DIRECTV’s satellite programming to the public at Skybox Sports Lounge for commercial benefit or financial gain without a valid commercial DIRECTV account.
Just One More Tavern, without a valid commercial account with DIRECTV, “willfully received and displayed DIRECTV Satellite Programming to the public and for commercial benefit or financial gain, at her commercial establishment” in violation of the Cable Communications Policy Act, 47 U.S.C. § 605.1 (Compl.
DIRECTV filed a complaint against The Grille at Bellalago, Inc. for violating its rights under the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984, 47 U.S.C § 5214 et seq., by engaging in the unauthorized reception of satellite signals in violation of 47 U.S.C. § 605(a) (“§ 605(a)”). The Defendants used a residential subscription to DTV’s 2010 NFL Sunday Ticket™ Program to broadcast several NFL games at their commercial establishment, a use that was not authorized under the terms of their residential subscription.