Steven Kaye and Nicholas Pulsford ran £1m TV scam from spare room in Chandler's Ford

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IT was a set up of which Del Boy and Arthur Daley would have been proud.

Friends Steven Kaye and Nicholas Pulsford offered to provide viewers with satellite channels at a fraction of what it would cost from channels such as Sky or ESPN.

Purporting to be a global network with bases around the world, the operation was in fact run out of a spare room in Kaye’s £330,000 Chandler’s Ford home with a huge satellite dish positioned in the garden, Southampton Crown Court was told.

Such was its size it could be seen on Google Street View as it balanced on top of the shed.

By purchasing a legitimate viewing card from each of the main service providers and using a computer, the pair sold set-top boxes that could decode a signal transmitted from the server through a normal satellite dish, prosecutor James Kellam said.

However, many customers were left disappointed after the boxes, which turned out to be cloned sub-standard devices from a contact in China, were often returned by those who could not get them to work.

The court was told how the pair charged £50 for a threemonth period and at the time they were caught in April 2010 they had just under 1,000 people signed up to the enterprise that they had been running for about two years.

Mr Kellam estimated that Sky would have earned around £1m if all those customers had received their television signal legitimately through them.

Pleading guilty to a charge of possessing an unauthorised decoder, the pair were described as “backdoor entrepreneurs”.

Neither, it was claimed by their defence, earned any more than £10,000 from the operation due to its lack of sophistication and number of returns.

Despite living in a leafy Hampshire suburb Kaye was described as struggling with debt totalling £100,000.

Mitigating, Leah Dillon added: “He has a house with no equity and has three children to pay for. He is not living the lifestyle of the rich.”

Father of two Pulsford, from Hornchurch in Essex, was described as a failed businessman by his counsel, who had bought a house beyond his means with his first wife who he had since divorced.

Sentencing the pair to six months in prison suspended for two years, an order for them both to complete 250 hours of community service and the payment of £1,125 each in costs, Judge Gary Burrell QC described them as running a “ramshackle” business .

He said: “Selling equipment to bypass services that the rest of us have to pay for is in my judgement a very serious offence.”

He added that the fact they were selling substandard equipment could be seen as an aggravating feature of the case.

Officer in the case Det Con Mark Southey said: “I hope this case serves as a deterrent for those who think they can by-pass legitimate ways of receiving goods and services. It should also serve as a warning to those who buy such equipment that they will have little or no redress if and when it goes wrong.”

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12:01pm Tue 4 Sep 12

cliffwalker says...

From the published photos they even look the part.
From the published photos they even look the part. cliffwalker

12:30pm Tue 4 Sep 12

andysaints007 says...

Great to see a sentence that will deter others !!
Great to see a sentence that will deter others !! andysaints007

12:48pm Tue 4 Sep 12

sarfhamton says...

andysaints007 wrote:
Great to see a sentence that will deter others !!
Suspended sentence! Worth a risk for alot of people
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: Great to see a sentence that will deter others !![/p][/quote]Suspended sentence! Worth a risk for alot of people sarfhamton

2:33pm Tue 4 Sep 12

The Libertine says...

"Sky would have earned around £1m if all those customers had received their television signal legitimately through them."

Sky are the biggest criminals here.
"Sky would have earned around £1m if all those customers had received their television signal legitimately through them." Sky are the biggest criminals here. The Libertine

2:53pm Tue 4 Sep 12

Shoong says...

The Libertine wrote:
"Sky would have earned around £1m if all those customers had received their television signal legitimately through them."

Sky are the biggest criminals here.
Does that make it ok to rip them off? No.
[quote][p][bold]The Libertine[/bold] wrote: "Sky would have earned around £1m if all those customers had received their television signal legitimately through them." Sky are the biggest criminals here.[/p][/quote]Does that make it ok to rip them off? No. Shoong

2:53pm Tue 4 Sep 12

Georgem says...

The Libertine wrote:
"Sky would have earned around £1m if all those customers had received their television signal legitimately through them."

Sky are the biggest criminals here.
To say nothing of the fact that that's a bogus argument anyway. A lot of those people simply wouldn't have bothered.
[quote][p][bold]The Libertine[/bold] wrote: "Sky would have earned around £1m if all those customers had received their television signal legitimately through them." Sky are the biggest criminals here.[/p][/quote]To say nothing of the fact that that's a bogus argument anyway. A lot of those people simply wouldn't have bothered. Georgem

2:58pm Tue 4 Sep 12

sfby says...

How very Daily Mail - shoehorning the value of the house in for no apparent reason....
How very Daily Mail - shoehorning the value of the house in for no apparent reason.... sfby

4:22pm Tue 4 Sep 12

lymicherry says...

sfby wrote:
How very Daily Mail - shoehorning the value of the house in for no apparent reason....
My thoughts exactly.
[quote][p][bold]sfby[/bold] wrote: How very Daily Mail - shoehorning the value of the house in for no apparent reason....[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly. lymicherry

4:28pm Tue 4 Sep 12

slippery says...

yes they look the usual type of inbred scum,that come from that type of area lol
yes they look the usual type of inbred scum,that come from that type of area lol slippery

4:37pm Tue 4 Sep 12

clausentum says...

Should have had the Community Service hours doubled just for wearing those naff-design shades.
Should have had the Community Service hours doubled just for wearing those naff-design shades. clausentum

5:06pm Tue 4 Sep 12

jonnyx says...

“backdoor entrepreneurs”
“backdoor entrepreneurs” jonnyx

6:39pm Tue 4 Sep 12

george chivers says...

Did a 747 try to land in their garden?
Did a 747 try to land in their garden? george chivers

7:09pm Tue 4 Sep 12

TheJoiners says...

Do gooders make me laugh. If any of you had had a knock at the door offering you FREE sky rather than pay there rip offf prices you would have bitten there arms off. Sky isnt a corner shop its a multi billion pound orginisation ran buy some of the biggest crooks in the world.
Unlucky lads, try and get indoor comm service, much nicer than digging holes :-)
Do gooders make me laugh. If any of you had had a knock at the door offering you FREE sky rather than pay there rip offf prices you would have bitten there arms off. Sky isnt a corner shop its a multi billion pound orginisation ran buy some of the biggest crooks in the world. Unlucky lads, try and get indoor comm service, much nicer than digging holes :-) TheJoiners

7:17pm Tue 4 Sep 12

nicko says...

what a con,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
,if youve a mobile phone that can receive tv channels just get your usb and plug into your tv you can watch any channel in the world ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,why pay sky
what a con,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,if youve a mobile phone that can receive tv channels just get your usb and plug into your tv you can watch any channel in the world ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,why pay sky nicko

7:52pm Tue 4 Sep 12

andysaints007 says...

sarfhamton wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
Great to see a sentence that will deter others !!
Suspended sentence! Worth a risk for alot of people
I was being sarcastic !
[quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: Great to see a sentence that will deter others !![/p][/quote]Suspended sentence! Worth a risk for alot of people[/p][/quote]I was being sarcastic ! andysaints007

9:24pm Tue 4 Sep 12

S Pance says...

TheJoiners wrote:
Do gooders make me laugh. If any of you had had a knock at the door offering you FREE sky rather than pay there rip offf prices you would have bitten there arms off. Sky isnt a corner shop its a multi billion pound orginisation ran buy some of the biggest crooks in the world. Unlucky lads, try and get indoor comm service, much nicer than digging holes :-)
They weren't offering free Sky. They were charging for it.
[quote][p][bold]TheJoiners[/bold] wrote: Do gooders make me laugh. If any of you had had a knock at the door offering you FREE sky rather than pay there rip offf prices you would have bitten there arms off. Sky isnt a corner shop its a multi billion pound orginisation ran buy some of the biggest crooks in the world. Unlucky lads, try and get indoor comm service, much nicer than digging holes :-)[/p][/quote]They weren't offering free Sky. They were charging for it. S Pance

9:31pm Tue 4 Sep 12

S Pance says...

Personally, I simply cannot believe that this pair managed to construct the system required to connect 1000 customers and supply 1000 receivers yet didn't have the wherewithall to make more than £10k per year!

It simply beggars belief!

A lot of knowledge is required to set up a card sharing server like this and various bits of equipment need to be purchased and you need to know where to buy this from. Yet these geezers didn't know how to make more than a pound per month from their "subscribers"?

Someone is having a laugh, they really are..
Personally, I simply cannot believe that this pair managed to construct the system required to connect 1000 customers and supply 1000 receivers yet didn't have the wherewithall to make more than £10k per year! It simply beggars belief! A lot of knowledge is required to set up a card sharing server like this and various bits of equipment need to be purchased and you need to know where to buy this from. Yet these geezers didn't know how to make more than a pound per month from their "subscribers"? Someone is having a laugh, they really are.. S Pance

7:40am Wed 5 Sep 12

mikeyblue2 says...

well it would be nice to see him inside as this isn't the first scam he's pulled.
well it would be nice to see him inside as this isn't the first scam he's pulled. mikeyblue2

10:19am Wed 5 Sep 12

CruelDevil says...

TheJoiners wrote:
Do gooders make me laugh. If any of you had had a knock at the door offering you FREE sky rather than pay there rip offf prices you would have bitten there arms off. Sky isnt a corner shop its a multi billion pound orginisation ran buy some of the biggest crooks in the world. Unlucky lads, try and get indoor comm service, much nicer than digging holes :-)
And if I saw an old lady fall down in the street...I would obviously take the opportunity to mug her!

(sorry - but make a stupid statement and expect stupid responses!)
[quote][p][bold]TheJoiners[/bold] wrote: Do gooders make me laugh. If any of you had had a knock at the door offering you FREE sky rather than pay there rip offf prices you would have bitten there arms off. Sky isnt a corner shop its a multi billion pound orginisation ran buy some of the biggest crooks in the world. Unlucky lads, try and get indoor comm service, much nicer than digging holes :-)[/p][/quote]And if I saw an old lady fall down in the street...I would obviously take the opportunity to mug her! (sorry - but make a stupid statement and expect stupid responses!) CruelDevil

10:24am Wed 5 Sep 12

Georgem says...

TheJoiners wrote:
Do gooders make me laugh. If any of you had had a knock at the door offering you FREE sky rather than pay there rip offf prices you would have bitten there arms off. Sky isnt a corner shop its a multi billion pound orginisation ran buy some of the biggest crooks in the world.
Unlucky lads, try and get indoor comm service, much nicer than digging holes :-)
"Do gooders"?
[quote][p][bold]TheJoiners[/bold] wrote: Do gooders make me laugh. If any of you had had a knock at the door offering you FREE sky rather than pay there rip offf prices you would have bitten there arms off. Sky isnt a corner shop its a multi billion pound orginisation ran buy some of the biggest crooks in the world. Unlucky lads, try and get indoor comm service, much nicer than digging holes :-)[/p][/quote]"Do gooders"? Georgem

3:59pm Wed 5 Sep 12

TheJoiners says...

Yes george dogooders? If one of them had knocked on your door and offered you a box for 50 quid that bypassed Skys rip off 80 quid a month you would say no? And Sky isnt an old lady, its a Monopoly on TV and media, are you as stupid as your statement? do gooders
Yes george dogooders? If one of them had knocked on your door and offered you a box for 50 quid that bypassed Skys rip off 80 quid a month you would say no? And Sky isnt an old lady, its a Monopoly on TV and media, are you as stupid as your statement? do gooders TheJoiners

11:52am Thu 6 Sep 12

CruelDevil says...

I'll try to explain my pov in a simplier manner for you:

What is the difference between stealing from Sky and stealing from an old lady?...nothing! stealing is stealing, and therefore is a crime. Do gooder maybe, but I wouldn't have bought a £50 box from these guys in the same way I wouldn't buy stolen goods or expect to get something for nothing!
I'll try to explain my pov in a simplier manner for you: What is the difference between stealing from Sky and stealing from an old lady?...nothing! stealing is stealing, and therefore is a crime. Do gooder maybe, but I wouldn't have bought a £50 box from these guys in the same way I wouldn't buy stolen goods or expect to get something for nothing! CruelDevil

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