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Man fined for selling illegal TV set top boxes online

On Friday 9 December Jhon Rosero, aged 40 of London SE14 was fined £516 at City of London Magistrates Court following an investigation by the City of London Police’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit.

Rosero pleaded guilty to an offence under the Serious Crime Act 2007, namely encouraging or assisting in the commission of an offence contrary to Section 11 of the Fraud Act 2006, dishonestly obtaining services from Sky without their authority. This follows his earlier arrest on the 23rd February 2016.

Rosero had setup an online marketplace seller account to sell devices that would enable the user to get content without paying for it.

The investigation followed a proactive investigation by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit into the sale of illegal set top boxes online.

The conviction came on the same day that Terry O’Reilly was sentenced to four years at Nottingham Crown Court for the supply of set top boxes after a private prosecution by the Premier League supported by FACT and the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit.

Detective Sergeant Gary Brown of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit, said:

“Intellectual property crime undermines the creative industries that millions depend on for jobs.

“The internet, including auction sites, are monitored for users selling illegal products and content and we will investigate cases of this kind to ensure law abiding customers don’t foot the bill of others.

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit is a specialist national police unit dedicated to protecting the UK industries that produce legitimate, high quality, physical goods and online and digital content from intellectual property crime.

The operationally independent unit was launched in September 2013 with funding from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The unit is based within the Economic Crime Directorate of the City of London Police, which is the National Policing Lead for Fraud.