10 Aug 2022

Derry man in court for 'chipping' Dreamboxes described as 'technical wizard' who could get a job with Virgin Media

A man described in court as 'a technical wizard' has been given a conditional discharge after he admitted 'chipping' boxes to enable people to access Virgin Internet for free. Paul Desmond Moore (35) of Westland Mews in Derry admitted two charges of supplying an article for use in fraud on dates between March 1 2016 and March 2 2017. The court was told that police searched a property in connection with a separate matter and found the Dreamboxes. They were seized by police and Moore admitted 'chipping them' but he was unable to say how many people he had done this for. Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said police were looking for something else. He said Moore was a technical wizard and should go for a job with one of these companies. District Judge Barney McElholm said the loser in this case was Virgin Media and Richard Branson and he wondered how much taxes they had paid. He imposed a conditional discharge for two years.

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