FACT’s investigation of ‘FLAWLESS’ leads to the largest-ever prosecution of an illegal streaming network
In the world’s largest-ever prosecution of an illegal streaming network, three pirate streaming organisations were handed sentences of over 30 years in jail. Five individuals were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud, money laundering, and contempt of court at Chesterfield Justice Centre. Operating under names like Flawless, Shared VPS, and Optimal, these fraudulent enterprises earned over £7 million in just five years. Serving more than 50,000 customers, resellers, and employing 30 people, including one undercover in an anti-piracy company, they provided illegal access to Premier League matches, global channels, and numerous films and TV shows. The ‘Mastermind’, Mark Gould, received an 11-year prison sentence.