Massive Comcast Cable Theft Operation Busted in PA
Ring Offered Users Premium Channels for $150 Fee
by Karl Bode 04:43PM Wednesday Aug 08 2012 Tipped by newview
A group of six men were arrested this week for running a ring that lowered the cost of Comcast TV service for a one time fee. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer
, the men charged 5,795 customers $150 per year to get access to Comcast's full cable lineup. The crew used a secret computer installed in a subcontractor's office, in addition to the IDs of subscontractors that were on disability or had been let go. The ring appears to be massive in scope, with law enforcement looking for 17 other individuals. Comcast estimates the impact to be about $2.4 million in lost revenue. According to the Inquirer
, the groups ringleader "cast himself as a Robin Hood-type figure" in interviews with local news outlets, claiming he was "stealing from the Comcast giant to give back to the impoverished customer."