Man is charged in illegal sales of cable gear

August 25, 1993|By Staff Report

The owner of an electronics business has been charged with 67 counts of cable fraud for allegedly selling signal descramblers that could enable buyers to receive cable TV without paying for it, Comcast Cablevision of Maryland said.

William Joseph Pagan was charged in Baltimore County District Court with 44 counts of selling or attempting to sell descramblers, and 23 counts of possessing and distributing cable filters with manufacturers' serial numbers removed.

The case stemmed from a Comcast campaign last year to stop Marylanders from receiving unauthorized cable services, offering amnesty programs and a hot line for the public to identify violators.

Comcast received several calls about Mr. Pagan's business, Pagan Electronics, operating at the North Point Plaza Flea Market and a home in Dundalk. Its undercover investigators purchased a descrambler and filter from him in June -- items that could defeat cable systems throughout metropolitan Baltimore.

Soon after the purchase, Comcast said, state police obtained a search warrant and seized 50 cable converters and 75 filters.

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