OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have charged a Kanata man in connection with selling pirated satellite receivers.

Members of the RCMP’s A Division Federal Investigations Unit and inspectors from Industry Canada executed a search warrant at a Colonnade Road business on Dec. 20, according to a release.

The search resulted in the seizure of satellite receivers and computers allegedly used to modify legal satellite receivers so they could obtain encrypted signals from Bell Express Vu and Dish Network.

Laith Murtadha Kadhim was arrested during the search. Described as an employee of the business, Kadhim faces two charges under the Radiocommunications Act for decoding an encrypted subscription programming signal or an encrypted network feed without authorization and retransmitting it to the public. He also faces one criminal charge for selling a device to obtain telecommunication facility or service.

Kadhim is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 30.

More to come.

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