RCMP seize Illegal Satellite TV Equipment

    LONDON, ON, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - On February 10th, 2009 the London Detachment
of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Federal Enforcement Section executed a
search warrant at a business in The Town of Aylmer and as a result seized a
number of items associated to commercial level satellite television piracy.
This investigation is part of Project ODOWN, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police
(RCMP) led project to combat Satellite piracy.
    Also during this investigation, another search warrant was executed
earlier in January at a London area home. At that time, RCMP officers seized a
number of items associated to commercial level satellite television piracy.
Although both incidents were part of the same investigation, they were not
    In both cases it is alleged that legal "free to air" receivers had been
modified to receive encrypted signals from Bell Express Vu and other satellite
systems by the accused and that they offered for sale these same receivers.
    Larry HUDSON of Tillsonburg, Ontario and Shan Qin ZHANG of London,
Ontario have been charged under the Radio Communication Act for allegedly
modifying and selling satellite equipment. An individual found guilty of such
an offence is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to a
fine not exceeding $5,000, or both.
    Larry HUDSON is scheduled to appear in court in Aylmer on March 23rd,
    Shan Qin ZHANG is scheduled to appear in court in London on February
13th, 2009.
    "Satellite piracy is not a victimless crime. It denies Canadian artists
and broadcasters millions of dollars in revenues. It endangers Canadian jobs,
stated Inspector Dwight Blok, Officer in Charge of RCMP London Detachment.
"Satellite piracy also creates a real threat to public safety. The use of
pirating devices has been found to create signal interference with
communications systems used by airline, search and rescue and police
    The RCMP is committed to pursuing enforcement action against commercial
ventures engaged in the selling of illegal decoding equipment.

For further information:

For further information: Cpl. Darren Morgan, London Federal Enforcement
Section, RCMP "O" Division, Office: (519) 645-4329 ext.230, Cell: (519)

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