The judge has ordered a man jailed for selling illegal Premier League match streams to repay nearly £1million.
After being convicted of conspiracy to defraud in 2019, Steven King was sentenced to seven years and four months in prison. If he fails to compensate the Premier League with £963,000 within three months, he risks having his sentence extended for a further six years and eight months.
On Monday, a judge at Warwick Court ruled against King, who was told to confiscate the proceeds of his criminal activities after selling illegal devices to broadcast matches.
The Premier League has confirmed that it has requested that the money returned be paid into the public purse.
Premier League General Counsel Kevin Plumb said: “This finding makes it clear that the provision of illegal streams is a criminal offense carrying prison sentences and significant financial consequences.
“We are delighted that the courts have recognized the seriousness of the crimes linked to piracy and the Premier League has asked that all monies recovered go back to public bodies, including law enforcement, to help them continue the fantastic work. what they do to help bring people like that. to justice.
“The vast majority of our fans watch Premier League action through authorized sources, but for those who don’t, they should be aware that this is not just illegal activity which could result in custodial sentences, but they are also at risk of hacking and fraud.
“We will continue to work with law enforcement to tackle piracy of our content and educate fans about the dangers of watching Premier League matches via unauthorized streams.”
The original case against Dreambox was a private prosecution brought by the Premier League following a joint investigation with the Federation into copyright theft.
FACT Managing Director Kieron Sharp said: “This is a warning to anyone selling subscriptions or devices that provide access to content without paying the legitimate provider – you risk jail time and the loss of your property, cars and other proceeds of crime.
“FACT will continue to work with the Premier League and other rights holders to crack down on illegal streaming and hold those behind them accountable for their actions.”
Additional reporting by PA Media.