Gardaí today mounted an operation targeting an organised group involved in the distribution of ‘set-top’ boxes without legitimate subscription from members.
Officers believe there may be thousands of households illegal streaming of TV content including pay-per-view programmes.
Gardaí attached to the Economic Crime Investigation Unit, Cork City Division carried out seven searches at premises in the Cork Region.
The searches were carried out by Gardai from Cork City division, supported by local detectives, local Computer Crime Investigation Unit, Cork City.
Also assisting were representatives from Virgin Media, Sky TV and Nagra.
A significant amount of electronic equipment and documentation of evidential value was seized.
The fraud being investigated is estimated at up to €20,000,000 annually and involves up to 20,000 people, nationwide, utilising these type of fraudulent ‘set top’ boxes.
Gardaí said there are no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing.