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Virgin Media helps fund Met fraud investigation

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Virgin Media contributed towards police overtime as part of an investigation into £144m set-top box fraud, reports Broadband TV News.

Following the payment of £5000 to the Metropolitan Police Authority, three men were successfully prosecuted for importing more than 400,000 cable TV receivers into the UK from South Korea, enabling the free reception of pay-TV channels.

One of the men received an eight-year prison sentence and is now appealing against his sentence.

A Virgin Media spokesperson told Broadband TV News: “Following a joint operation between Virgin Media and the Metropolitan Police, three men were successfully prosecuted for a large-scale commercial fraud.

"The defendants were found guilty of manufacturing, importing and supplying over 400,000 set-top boxes used to unlawfully access cable TV to dealers across the UK.

"In accordance with the Police Act 1996, we supported an additional overtime cost incurred by the Metropolitan Police, something that has been fully disclosed and detailed in court. Pending the conclusion of confiscation proceedings, we will explore a compensation application against the defendants and we’ve offered a proportion to support the Metropolitan Police Authority’s ongoing work.”

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.