On 9 June 2020 at Bolton Crown Court, Mark Schofield was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to complete 240 hours of unpaid work.
Investigations by FACT confirmed that Schofield was selling devices that provided access to paid-for content including sport and films via his Facebook page.
FACT Chief Executive Kieron Sharp said: “This result shows the serious consequences individuals can face if they choose to break the law by providing illegal devices and services.
“This is a warning to anyone engaged in selling subscriptions or devices that allow access to content without remunerating the legitimate provider – it’s not a grey area and you risk a criminal conviction.
“FACT works closely with broadcasters and rights owners who employ a variety of techniques to identify the original source of illegal content. With the support from law enforcement, government and the creative industries we are tightening the net on the criminals behind illegal activity.”
If you come across any content that doesn’t look legitimate, FACT works with Crimestoppers to make it easy for you to report it. Contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or filling out their online form at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information.