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Orlando Man Sentenced to Prison For Selling Stolen Cable and Internet Service

November 10, 2011

Orlando, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven today sentenced Johnny Jenkins (30, Orlando) to a year in federal prison for access device fraud. As a part of his sentence, Jenkins must also serve a term of supervised release and pay restitution of $4,230 to Brighthouse Networks.

Jenkins entered a guilty plea on August 26, 2011.

According to court documents, through advertisements on Craigslist, Jenkins offered to install high-speed cable internet with "no monthly bills," for a one-time fee. To fulfill that offer, Jenkins sold and installed modified cable modems using illegally intercepted and cloned Media Access Control (MAC) addresses assigned to customers of Brighthouse Networks. In order to allow its customers access to the telecommunications services that it offers, Brighthouse Networks provides its customers with cable modems that are each assigned a MAC address, which is an alpha-numeric identifier assigned to individual customer accounts.

In relation to that scheme, on August 20, 2010, the Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), conducted an undercover operation in which the OCSO contacted Jenkins via his Craigslist ad to come and install internet service in an apartment. Jenkins then sold two modified modems to the OCSO, and installed internet service in the apartment. Once Jenkins sold and installed the modems, the OCSO made their presence known and arrested Jenkins as he left the apartment.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Irick.











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