Yesterday, IPTV salesman Michael Hornung was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison. To avoid the verdict he fled to Northern Cyprus.
Record verdict against an illegal IPTV seller, but that is of little use to the police. The convict is at large.
Yesterday, Thursday, the Manchester sentenced Crown Court sentenced the defendants to four years and six months’ imprisonment. Michael Hornung was found guilty because he was between 2006 and 2017 with unauthorized decoders around 350.000 British Pounds.
Defendant flees conviction
The British police agency FACT could be cheering if the man hasn’t already disappeared would. The IPTV seller told the court that he had fled to northern Cyprus to escape his sentence. In principle, this part of the island, which belongs to Turkey, does not extradite suspects to Great Britain. Hornung had already failed to appear in court on the last day of the hearing.
IPTV seller generated damage of 2,33 Million Euro
During the three years of his active career, the man according to the media about 2. 0690 manipulated set top boxes around. This meant that his customers could also receive paid programs from Sky TV, BT Sports and Virgin without paying any monthly fees. According to the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) task force, this has cost media outlets a total of around £2m in losses.
Prosecutor Ari Alibhai told local Manchester press the convicted IPTV seller was under the Pseudonym NoHatsNoTrainers distributed advertisements for his service in several forums or websites such as CS-World. Prosecutor Alibhai continued:
“It was an ingenious and lucrative business that allowed consumers to access television without to pay the broadcasters or other persons with intellectual property rights to that content.
Translated from FACT’s press release. Sales of the IPTV seller difficult to calculate