DIRECTV awarded $2,393,000 plus prejudgment interest against the owners and operators of East Coast Cable which was involved in illegally redistributing DIRECTV.
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
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.