Criminal found guilty of delivering illegal Premier League flows ordered to repay nearly £ 1MILLION

A convicted felon found guilty of delivering illegal Premier League streams for thousands of matches ordered to repay nearly £ 1MILLION – or risk having a prison term extended to six years and eight months.

  • Steven King was jailed for seven years and four months back in 2019 after operating an illegal streaming service
  • King was ordered to lose the proceeds of his criminal activities and repay £ 963,000
  • King, Paul Rolston and Daniel Malone were sentenced to a total of 17 years
  • The terms are believed to be some of the longest ever issued for piracy-related crimes

A convicted felon found guilty of providing illegal access to thousands Premier League matches were ordered to repay almost £ 1 million or risk an additional six years and eight months in prison.

Steven King, who planned the fraud by trading under the names Dreambox (unassimilated), Dreambox TV Limited and Digital Switchover Limited, was jailed for seven years and four months in 2019.

At Warwick Crown Court on Monday, King was ordered to lose the proceeds of his criminal activities and repay £ 963,000 within three months.

The Premier League has confirmed that it has requested that the returned money go to the public purse.

(From L to R) Daniel Malone, Steven King and Paul Rolston serve a total of 17 years in prison for operating a company that provided illegal access to streams of Premier League matches.

King has now been ordered to repay almost £ 1 million, which will be returned to the public purse

King has now been ordered to repay almost £ 1 million, which will be returned to the public purse

King will have his sentence extended if he does not comply. He was also ordered by a judge to surrender his passport within 28 days and cannot travel abroad until the amount is paid.

King, along with Paul Rolston and Daniel Malone, managed a pirate-based organization that provided illegal access to Premier League matches to over 1,000 pubs, clubs and homes in England and Wales for about a decade.

Rolston was sentenced to six years and four months, while Malone was given three years and three months, with the terms believed to be some of the longest ever issued for piracy-related crimes.

They probably earned around £ 5 million through their illegal piracy scheme.

The Premier League has stopped illegal streaming to protect the value of broadcasting rights

The Premier League has stopped illegal streaming to protect the value of broadcasting rights

In a statement released on Monday, Premier League general counsel Kevin Plumb said: “This result clearly shows that delivering illegal flows is a criminal offense leading to prison sentences and serious financial consequences.

“We are glad that the courts have recognized the seriousness of piracy-related crimes and the Premier League has asked that all the money raised be returned to public authorities, including police agencies, to help them continue the wonderful work they are doing to help bring such people to justice.

“The vast majority of our fans watch Premier League action from authorized sources, but for those who don’t, they should be aware that this is not only an illegal activity that can lead to prison sentences, but they also risk becoming victims. of hacking and fraud.

“We will continue to work with police to tackle piracy of our content and to educate fans about the dangers of watching Premier League matches through unauthorized streams.”

The Premier League wants to prevent illegal streaming to help protect the value of broadcast rights for media companies like Sky and BT, which pay billions for the right to show the league’s matches.

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