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An illegal TV rebroadcasting operation has been shut down buy the Guardia Civil.
The business is said to have had half a million users in the Vega Baja and three males Brits men, aged 30, 46 and 63, have been arrested, charged with tax evasion, defrauding the Spanish social security and money laundering.
The illicit operation was discovered by the owner of a neighbouring finca in Formentera, as a huge satellite dish, of the scale of needing a crane to install it, had been located on his land.
The Guardia Civil traced the cabling from the dish to a neighbouring warehouse and having identified the person renting the premises, they carried out undercover surveillance, then identifying the gang members and the business activity.
They were decrypting TV channels then rebroadcasting them to local subscribers, each paying 25 euros a month.
In less than a year, the operation made a profit of close to half a million euros, though none of the income had been declared and no tax was paid.
At the warehouse in Formentera and from a house in Rojales, Guardia Civil officers seized satellite dishes, receivers, decoders and modulators, worth some 40,000 euros.
The gang members consisted of an IT expert and a satellite dish installer, though the head of the gang was rarely in Spain, but was arrested during one of his rare visits, and after appearing in court, the three were released on bail.
(Diario de la Vega)