UK man who fled to Cyprus jailed in UK for illegal TV operation

Monday 24 June 2024
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A 40-year-old man in Greater Manchester has been sentenced to four years and six months in prison as a result of advertising and selling specifically configured television set-top boxes. The devices enabled unlawful access to paid subscription services from BT, Virgin Media, Sky and thousands of pay per-view content and on-demand films. 


Michael Hornung, was previously sentenced in June 2022 but he had fled the UK to avoid imprisonment. This month Hornung was arrested in Cyprus by Cypriot authorities following a collaborative effort between FACT and the National Crime Agency (NCA) and he has received a 12-week jail sentence for violating the Bail Act, bringing his total sentence to four years and nine months.


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