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Scammers Lower Comcast Bills, Get Jail Time 103

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the no-one-weeps-for-comcast dept.
An anonymous reader writes with news about a scam with a twist. The scammers purchased login details to internal Comcast systems from an employee using them to lower the bills of Comcast customers, for a price. "Alston Buchanan, the mastermind of a two-man scam to lower the bills of Comcast customers for a price, pleaded guilty last week and awaits sentencing. His accomplice, Richard Justin Spraggins, who also pleaded guilty in February, will serve 11-23 months in prison and pay Comcast $66,825. Their operation purportedly cost Comcast $2.4 million, and Comcast claims that the loss has forced them to raise the rates on all their customers. However, the allegedly huge financial loss went undetected until a Comcast customer reported his/her suspicions to Comcast customer service."
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Scammers Lower Comcast Bills, Get Jail Time

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  • by penix1 (722987) on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @05:14AM (#46813379) Homepage

    His accomplice, Richard Justin Spraggins, who also pleaded guilty in February, will serve 11-23 months in prison and pay Comcast $66,825. Their operation purportedly cost Comcast $2.4 million, and Comcast claims that the loss has forced them to raise the rates on all their customers. However, the allegedly huge financial loss went undetected until a Comcast customer reported his/her suspicions to Comcast customer service."

    So supposedly they lost $2.4 million yet the fine for one accomplice is is only $66,825??? And of course Comcast uses this incident as an excuse to raise the price on everyone including the fool that reported it... I guess the old adage "no good deed goes unpunished" applies here.

  • Re:Forced them (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @06:10AM (#46813493)

    these lucky 6000 customers were probably paying what they **would have been paying** had government regulation still existed with regards to cable tv rates. deregulation is not necessarily a good thing, especially in areas where there is virtually zero built-in competition for wireline coax-delivered services.

  • Irrelevant??? (Score:1, Insightful)

    by brunes69 (86786) <slashdot&keirstead,org> on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @06:57AM (#46813579) Homepage

    $200 is irrelevant to the GDP of Walmart so I guess I should not feel guilty about lifting an iPod either.

    Heck, in fact I guess we now have license to commit theft whenever the market cap of a company goes over a certain threshold. What is that threshold? 10 million? 100 million?

    Please enlighten me when it is OK to steal from a company and when it is not.

  • by gsslay (807818) on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @07:04AM (#46813591)

    they lost $2.4 million yet the fine for one accomplice is is only $66,825???

    You want to know the definition of pointless? Fining someone more money than they actually possess. You could demand $2.4 million if it makes you feel better, but you ain't getting it.

    "the fool that reported it"

    Some of us might like to think of "the fool" as "the honest individual". I guess it depends on the quality of your moral compass.

  • Small time crooks (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Bender Unit 22 (216955) on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @07:05AM (#46813595) Journal

    As we know, only small time crooks get jail time.
    Their error was that they didn't operate out of Wall Street.

  • by Entropius (188861) on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @07:14AM (#46813619)

    When dealing with Comcast my moral compass doesn't read accurately because of all of their bullshit.

  • Re:Irrelevant??? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Karmashock (2415832) on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @07:43AM (#46813693)

    I'm not justifying the theft, asshat. I'm pointing out that that its such a tiny blip in their expenses that it doesn't justify an across the board price increase.

    For example... lets say I own a sandwich shop. And one day, my father comes to visit my sandwich shop and I give him a free sandwich. That means my shop made less money per sandwich sold then it would have if I had made my father pay for his sandwich.

    Will I now have to increase prices on all my sandwiches to cover this expense?

    Obviously fucking not.

    Thank you for arriving on the same page I was reading from. I am NOT justifying the theft. I am saying rather that Comcast has billions in revenue... 2.4 million lost here or there spread across the whole subscriber base wouldn't add so much as a PENNY to the cost of the average user.

    Not one fucking cent.

    So comcast on that note can blow it directly out their ass. Were they robbed? Yes. Is that bad? Yes. Do I approve of robbery? No. Do I think Comcast is a terrible company that should get ripped apart why wolves? Yes. Will I release those wolves on it to do just that? No. Will I clap and giggle should that happen? Yes.

    Just what is, my bucko.

  • by neminem (561346) <neminem@gmai l . c om> on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @11:32AM (#46815477) Homepage

    When I read the title, I was like, holy crap, someone got sent to jail for tricking Comcast into giving them a lower rate? That's a new low.

    But no, after reading the whole description - while I have absolutely no sympathy for Comcast whatsoever, that definitely sounds like a legitimate crime that deserves jail time, even if the victims of the crime are also scum who deserve getting ripped off.

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