RCMP Federal Enforcement Section Investigate


Theft of Satellite Pay Television

On May 2, 2012 at 10:00 a.m, the RCMP-Winnipeg Federal Enforcement Section (FES), with the assistance from Industry Canada Inspectors from Montreal and Winnipeg, executed two search warrants simultaneously at locations in Winnipeg.

The searches were in relation to an ongoing investigation under section 327 of the Criminal Code, and paragraph 10(1)(b) of the Radiocommunications Act for Theft of Satellite Pay Television.

One search took place at a business on St. Mary’s Road.

The second search warrant was executed at a residence on Lodge Avenue.

A 29-year-old man from Winnipeg was arrested at the residence. He is facing charges under the Criminal Code and the Radiocommunications act.

As a result of the searches, 9 computers and 144 satellite television receivers were seized. This equipment was valued at approximately $26,000.00.

In addition, a number of uncertified wireless security cameras were seized. Some of the uncertified devices offered for sale at the store operate on frequencies reserved in Canada for aeronautical navigation and their use could pose a threat to public safety.

More arrests are expected in relation to this investigation.  The RCMP-Winnipeg FES investigators will continue to work closely with investigators from Industry Canada on this file.

The RCMP reminds the public that theft of satellite pay television is illegal, as is the sale of equipment modified to intercept television signals illegally.


Cpl. Miles Hiebert

RCMP Media Relations

Tel: 204-983-8497

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Destruction of AZAmerica FTAs






2478 units of AzAmerica FTAs and 1472 units of AzBox were destroyed and properly disposed on April 18, 2012 in Asuncion, Paraguay, as a result of the successful collaboration between DTVLA and Nagravision in Latin America.



Anti-IKS Campaigns in Italy


Vast anti-IKS campaign in Italy with 177 individuals under investigation in 25 different provinces, as a result of a criminal complaint initiated by Nagravision, Mediaset and Sky Italia. Among the 177, 17 were in charge of the IKS servers and 160 were illegal end users.  50 police searches lead to the seizure of decoders, modems, pc’s, servers and 129 smart cards.  Prosecution is on-going against all 177 individuals.

DISH Network and NagraStar Sue Robert Bebout (aka “BigPineGuy”) and www.newgeniks.info in Michigan Federal Court for Piracy Claims

On April 19, 2012 DISH Network L.L.C., EchoStar Technologies L.L.C. and NagraStar LLC (collectively “DISH Network”) filed suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against Robert Bebout (aka “BigPineGuy”) and the website www.newgeniks.infoDISH Network’s claims in the litigation arise out of the operation of the newgeniks website and include federal statutory violations alleged under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and Federal Communications Act.  Bebout was personally served with a copy of the complaint and summons on April 23, 2012.  The case has been assigned to the Honorable Marianne O. Battani with case number 2:12-cv-11745-MOB-PJK.  DISH Network continues to investigate the involvement of other individuals in the newgeniks website.


Federal Court enters final judgment against Dark Angel end-user Mohammed Arafat, awards $10,000 in statutory penalties and issues a permanent injunction

On April 12, 2012 the United States District Court for the Northern District of California entered final judgment in favor of DISH Network and NagraStar in their litigation against Mohammed Arafat.  Arafat was sued by DISH Network and NagraStar for federal claims arising out of his subscription to the Dark Angel services. The Court’s order includes a permanent injunction against Arafat as well as an award of $10,000 in statutory damages (the maximum damages per violation) under the Electronics Communication Privacy Act (“ECPA”). DISH Network and NagraStar continue to investigate and take action against those responsible for trying to circumvent the companies’ security system in order to gain unauthorized access to DISH Network programming.

Dear NagraStar,
Thank you again for meeting with me. As I had said, it was a foolish decision on my part to
subscribe to Dark Angel, and one that I genuinely regret. This lawsuit has been very stressful
for me and my family. Borrowing money to pay off my debt to NagraStar also was not easy.
But in the end I was not about to go forward with this case. Part of that is my knowing the
evidence that NagraStar has against me, and having decided that I better get out of this case
while it is still an option. The other part is my appreciation for the fact that I harmed NagraStar
by subscribing to Dark Angel, something I did not fully understand until now. For that I am
truly sorry. Please accept my apology and my word that going forward I will not engage in any
form of DISH Network piracy — as this experience has proved, it’s simply not worth it.